Dear Talent, below we are sharing some of the "Don'ts" of Resume writing. We hope you will find our advice useful when writing or updating your Resume.
Let's jump straight into it!
1. Don't make highly exaggerated claims.
2. Don’t include your age, nationality, marital status, number of children, blood type (), the number of languages you know (unless required by the job or profession e.g. linguist, translator, travel advisor).
3. Avoid general statements and unclear descriptions.
4. Avoid copying examples and statements from the Internet - create Resume in your own voice!
5. Don’t use the same example over and over again – variety will maintain interest!
6. Don't include tables, pictures, charts or images - they can confuse the Applicant Tracking Systems that many companies use nowadays. To learn "How to make sure a human reads your Resume", click here (written by the team at Seek.com.au).
7. Don't include jobs from before 2000. Your most relevant experience should be from the past 10-15 years, resulting in a resume that starts with a mid-level position and its accompanying dates.
8. Don't say in your Career Profile statement that you are looking for a "challenging position to advance your career" (well, something along this line). Hiring managers want to know what you will do for them, and whether you will be a good hiring choice.
9. Don't talk about yourself as a third person: “Bob has 3 years of Digital Marketing experience..." - create a human-voiced Resume.
10. Don’t use phrases that don't differentiate you. For example:
- "Results-oriented professional"
- "Exceeds expectations"
- "Superior communication skills"
- "Excellent project manager", etc. etc. etc.
Show hiring people, don't just tell them! Give a good example of where and how you "exceeded exceptions"? Why do you believe you have a "superior communication skills"? Why do you say you're a "results-oriented professional", or an "excellent project manager"?
Your Resume is a self-marketing tool with a purpose of letting employers know of your experience and accomplishments, and how hiring you will benefit the organization.
Show hiring managers the value you will bring to their organization. Be specific, focus on the positive outcomes you have achieved - how did other organizations improved because of you?
You can use the S-T-A-R approach: talk about a Situation or Task (S-T), the Action you took (A) and the Results achieved (R). It is a way of structuring your Resume to show your achievements, and what you have learned from your experiences.