Your résumé is one of the first pieces of communication between you and a hiring manager. That is why it is so important to make sure that this ‘conversation’ is fruitful for both parties. Résumé trends change every so often, so it’s best to review your résumé every couple of months to make sure everything is up to date.
Here are 6 do's and don’ts of résumé writing for 2017.
1. Include Contact Info
This seems obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to update their contact information on their résumés. If this information is incorrect, you’re just making it harder for the manager to reach you when they want to.
Tip: Since most résumés are submitted online nowadays, make sure to save your résumé as a PDF instead of an editable file. It's also great if you can include hyperlinks to your LinkedIn and Portfolio in the soft copy.
2. Put in Achievements & Numbers
It’s great to explain your job responsibilities in detail, but managers are really looking to validate the information you give them. Make sure you add in your achievements and any relevant numbers that might help do so. For example, “Managed product sales of up to $8,000 daily”.
Tip: Here is an article that will help you quantify your accomplishments.
3. Use Keywords
When we say keywords, we don’t mean overusing buzzwords to make your résumé look better. We mean using keywords in your job descriptions and summary to better demonstrate how you used your skills on the job. That way you also save yourself some space from having a “Skills” section.
Tip: Make sure the keywords you use are relevant to the job.
4. Overdo formatting & styling
Formatting is key when it comes to résumés. Formatting can help your résumé stand out and communicate your personality. BUT, understand that there is a fine line between something professional and overly fancy. Make sure you format and style your résumé based on your industry – if you’re a graphic designer, you probably have more creative leeway than a business analyst.
Tip: Here are a bunch of free résumé templates that you can use right away.
5. Include everything you’ve ever done
We know you’re trying to show a hiring manager that you have skills and experience and are qualified for the job. But a common mistake job candidates make is trying to include every piece of information and ending up with a 3-page résumé. As a fresh college grad, 1-page résumé are the norm, so just include the relevant experience and information based on the job that you’re applying for.
6. Forget to proofread
Another obvious one, but still many people make typos or grammatical errors on their résumés. Nothing shows unprofessionalism and a lack of attention to detail than a misspelled word. Try writing out your résumé content and coming back to it later to do your proofreading. Better yet, send it to a friend, family member, or mentor to lend a second pair of eyes.