The Resume is usually the first source of personal information a recruiter or company receives from the candidate. It has to be made with the respective employer in mind.
In order to make the first impression a memorable one, we recommend one overlying strategy:
Keep it Simple.
- (In the case of Paper Resumes) Keep the Resume limited to 2-3 pages. The HR staff in a typical company has to sift through several of them everyday. It is very likely that the document will get less than half a minute, at first glance.
- The language should be that of high-school graduate level, simple and precise. Avoid fancy vocabulary, and fragmented sentences.
- (In the case of Paper Resumes) Avoid fancy fonts, coloration and special effects. Use traditional fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Century, Garamond or Calibri) and limit font sizes to between 9 to 12. The use of Bold, Italics, Underline and Bullet Points should be smart, consistent and minimal.
- (In the case of Paper Resumes) Prepare the document in a universal format such as Word or PDF, accessible by most computers.
- Mention educational background and professional experiences in reverse order (with the most recent instance shown first). Avoid using full sentences (and begin with verbs). Intermix sentences with major keywords referring to your line of work.
- Use proper titles to describe your job positions.
- Unless required by law, skip personal information such as religion, marital status and criminal or medical reports.
- Use numbers and percentages to highlight achievements. Avoid long monotonous text.
- Avoid common fluff words such as creative, excellent communication skills, highly motivated, customer oriented, etc. They are likely to be found on most resumes and are a matter of subjective judgment.
- (In the case of Paper Resumes) Post your most recent photograph separately. Do not print it on the form. Make sure you look professional.
You may be required, however, based on the job position and industry, to be more creative with your resume. So, please use discretion when you prepare such a document.
What to Include:
- Name (First and Last)
- Address (Full Address including Postal Code)
- Telephone Number (Including Area Code)
- Email Address (Not fancy addresses e.g. blackbeauty@hotm..... etc.)
- Employment History (Company, Title, Dates, Responsibilities, Achievements)
- Educational Qualifications (Degree Achieved, Institution, Dates, Area of Study, Achievements)
- Specialized Skills (Language, IT, Technical, Vocational skills)
- Professional Associations (Memberships, Projects, Certifications)
What NOT to include:
- Age, Race, Religion, Marital Status, Height, Weight etc. potentially discriminatory information
- Salary Requirements (including past payment history)
- Reasons for leaving Previous Job(s)
- Medical & Criminal Records
- Details of Referees (Name, Address, and Job Titles of References)
- Any information considered self-derogatory