1. Give you more focus upon
what you are good at and consequently the career direction you
should be taking.
2. Help you to understand
which of your skills and competencies you wish to concentrate
on and develop for your future career.
3. Act as your entry ticket
to the job race.
4. Provide you with an opportunity
to reflect on your achievements, thus enhancing your self-esteem
5. Beats the competition
on the first stage of your journey towards the rest of your
6. Encourages you to
quantify your achievements and their benefits to your potential
7. Your resume will be the
best preparation for the interviews that are to come. By the
time you have completed you resume you will know and be able
to present yourself much better than ever before.
8. Helps you identify possible
gaps in your experience portfolio for your chosen future and
helps you the next position you should go for.
9. Enables you to see your
life in the broadest perspective encouraging you to consider
far more options and possibilities for yourself.
10. You will even discover
aspects of yourself that you never realized before.
you can look back, the further you can look forward."
B) Five things you should remember
11.At the résumé
stage selectors are actually looking for reasons to turn you
down not to take you on.
12.On first reading résumés
are not read but skimmed – so this means you have a 60
second hit time.
13.If the selector thinks
it is easier to work on the next person’s résumé
then yours will be passed over.
14.If you do not “match”
your résumé when you are interviewed you will
not get the job. (Cognitive dissonance)
15.You only have one
chance to make the right first impression whether it is on paper
or in person.
helps those who do not help themselves"
C) Six basic points for your résumé
16. The résumé
must be customer focused – tell them what they need to
know not what you want from them!! 17. You have 100% total control over what you
disclose about yourself – this is the only part of the
selection process where you enjoy this amount of control thus
everything has to be perfect 18. Your resume is a competitive document so
it must be better than all the rest – for advertising
positions you could be competing with more that 250 other candidates
who have worked hard on their résumés 19. You can only sell yourself effectively
once you know yourself and what direction you want your career
to take – if you do not know where you want your career
to go then your résumé will not be focused enough
to do the job it has to do. 20. Recruiters will eat what you feed them
– so you must be able to speak fluently to everything
on your résumé even if it is back in nineteen
hundred and freezing. 21.The résumé is an art form
and a fashion item – in today’s job market you cannot
afford to have anything that suggests you are out of date.
"When a man
has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit
on what he can do"
D) Fourteen things it would be wise to do
22. Tell the truth –
but not the whole truth – negatives are yours to know
theirs to find out!
23. Just do it – so
you don’t have to rush it when you see a good position
24. Start fresh – tear
up the old résumé because it will look like a
25. Write, write and rewrite
– especially for advertised jobs you need to customise
26. Be perfect- spelling,
grammar, syntax etc
27. Be user-friendly- don’t
make the reader work for the information they want
28. No irrelevant information
– pay, reasons for leaving,, company addresses
29. Let it be you –
you are unique so should your résumé reflect your
30. Be brief – shorter
31. What do they want to
know? – so just tell them that and no more
32. Use short sentences and
short words – easier to read
33. Miller’s Law* (7
± 2) – no more than five points in any section
34. Have more than one résumé
– one résumé will not fit all opportunities
35. Skim factor –
make it easily read
" Good work
counts to your advantage only if it is seen, heard,
and some how recognised."
E) Fifteen points on the presentation of your
36.White space – lots of it so
they can write comments such as good and must see in the margin!
37. Paper- lash out on 100 gram, white A4
it will look so good
38. Layout: framed – make the space
at the bottom of the page larger than the sides or top
39. Only left hand justify – makes it
look more individual
40. Nothing fancy – it is a business
document not a part invitation!
41. Readable type face -Times New Roman for
hard copy Ariel for soft
42. Do not mix fonts – this slows the
43. Do not overuse capital letters –
they are more difficult to read
44. Avoid italics – these slow the reader
down as well
45. Do not underline – might cause “wraparounds”
46. Minimise bold type – not everything
is that important
47. Be consistent – layout, tense of
48. Check where it folds – do not fold
through a major achievement
50. Number the pages of your résumé
– so it can be put back together in order
well executed produce dramatic results"
1. Do not lie – but
you can omit the bad news that you have just been fired 2. Do not list your current salary.- it weakens
your ability to negotiate 3. Do not state your salary requirements –
cf above 4. Do not give your reasons for leaving your
previous jobs 5. Do not use “I” unless absolutely
necessary- no megalomaniacs please 6. Do not bind your resume – it is difficult
to manage/photocopy 7. Do not use unfamiliar facts – they
confuse the selector 8. Do not give unfamiliar abbreviations –
cf above 9. Do not include a photograph – you
are not trying to date the selector 10. Do not have any spelling errors –
spelling is important in most jobs 11. Do not have any grammatical errors –
cf above 12. Do not use coloured paper – business
communicates on boring white A4 13. Do not use grained or woven paper –
it does not photocopy well 14. Do not use graphics – unless you
need to show off your skills in this area. 15. Do not try to be humorous.- recruitment
is a serious business 16. Do not send photocopies – suggest
your application is a one off 17. Do not take more than four pages –
maximum – the shorter the better 18. Do not go back more than fifteen years
in your career –appear young 19. Do not include addresses of former employers-
waste of space 20. Do not give referees – post interview
tell them your employer needs 21. Do not use a chronological format- most
interviewers are not anal 22. Do not present your resume on anything
but A4 paper. 23. Do not include too many in-house training
courses 24. Do not hand write your resume.- it takes
too long and looks unprofessional 25. Do not make handwritten changes –
sloppy, sloppy, sloppy 26. Do not leave gaps in your dates –
it creates suspicion that you are hiding something 27. Do not be long winded.- cf above 28. Do not use long words or sentences.- they
take more time to read 29. Do not claim skills that are not reflected
in your achievements. 30. Do not use boy scout/girl guidewords and
language. 31. Do not date your resume – what impression
does it give after 6 weeks? 32. Do not include a career objective.- who
care what you want? 33. Do not state round figures in your achievements
– they are not credible 34. Do not use puff language.- bigots and bores
do not get hired 35. Do not send your resume to blind post office
box numbers – your employer could be fishing 36. Do not declare strange interests –
we do not want risk takers in our firm 37. Do not send it out to “Dear Sir or
Madam”.- make it personal 38. Do not include a logo or clip art - unprofessional 39. Do not use a secretarial service to structure
your resume.- they know how to type not construct resumes 40. Do not send cold applications to the Human
Resources Department –go to the executive who can say