TIPS FOR WRITING A GOOD RESUME

By | March 23, 2009

A good resume should grab the attention of the reader – within a period of 30 seconds – while at the same time, not be too wordy as to bore the reader. The word ‘resume’ comes from a French word which means ‘summary’. 

The resume should therefore contain the necessary information such as experience that is required for the position.

There are several tips to assist one in coming up with a good masterpiece. They include doing exhaustive research of the position being applied for. This aids one in tailoring the resume to be aligned to the position description.

When researching, visit the organization’s or college’s website and know about the history, products and culture. Another tip is to be very specific. One should use words to describe qualities and size of experience or project.

Further, quantify any accomplishments that have been achieved. This shows how result-oriented one is and it is usually a trait that is well received by recruiters.

It is not appropriate to include course programmes or duties that cannot be followed up by results. When listing down the duties try and answer questions like.

Did you and your team consistently meet strict deadlines? Were you and/or your team acclaimed on safety? Did you and/or your team standardize protocols and procedures?

The language in the resume is also very important. Use past tense verbs when expressing study programmes and duties or roles. This tip should be followed even when detailing duties in the current position or programme.

This rule creates uniformity in the entire resume. Use assorted verbs in the document. Be sure to utilize a dictionary or thesaurus to get different descriptive verbs to illustrate one’s abilities. Do not have too many paragraphs. Have 2 at the most.

Finally, request someone to read it through before sending it or handling it in.

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