Top 5 Resume Do's and Don'ts in 2021

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 Today we will be discussing the resume do's and don'ts.  Interested? Read on ...

 

Resume Do's 

1. Do choose a job and career that you love.

2. Do create a list of key words on your resume.

3. Do identify your brand for add to your resume.

4. Do write accomplishments that fit the needs of the future employer.

5. Do begin each accomplishment with an action verb; end with a specific result.

 

Resume Don'ts

1. Don’t prepare your resume so general, it lacks focus.

2. Don’t replace a job description with a job title.

3. Don’t write accomplishments, unrelated to the jobs you are applying for.

4. Don’t forget to include the result for each accomplishment.

5. Don’t be afraid to show off your skills. 

 

Resume Do's

1. Do choose a job and career that you love.  This is an opportunity to reposition yourself.  Your resume is your marketing document.  You are the product you are marketing.  This is your opportunity to shine and show you’re the world your accomplishments focused on your future job.  If you need help, hire a professional resume writer.

 

2. Do match words on your resume in the language of the industry you are repositioning yourself.  Your key word list will be seen within a 15 second glance, allowing your resume through the initial screening process quickly.  The right language for the industry will make or break getting through the Human Resource process. Make the Assistant’s job easy to put your resume in the “Yes pile," to be read by the hiring manager.

 

3. Do identify your brand for your resume.  Your Brand is what represents you moving forward that includes the top of 3 skills creating the job(s) you’re applying for now.  It gives the employer your focus.  You’re entire resume should be focused on your Brand.

 

4. Do write accomplishments that fit the needs of the employer.  Remember, the purpose of the resume is to land the interview, not the job.  Your accomplishment is an opportunity to briefly tell the employer they need YOU.  You can tell your stories in the interview.

 

5. Do begin each accomplishment with an action verb and end with a specific quantifiable result.  The action verb is the most direct way of stating your role.  Begin each accomplishment with a different action verb.  For example, if your first bullet point is created, your second can begin with developed or established.  End each accomplishment with a result, quantify if possible.  For example, saved the company $50M in 5 years by ....

  

Resumes Don'ts

1. Don’t prepare your resume so general, it lacks focus.  Lack of focus is the #1 reason resumes fail to land the interview.  Focus is the key to landing the interview.

 

2. Don’t replace a job description with a job title.   Your job title does not tell the employer what you did on the job.

 

3. Don’t write accomplishments, unrelated to the jobs you are applying for.  Be selective with the accomplishments you choose for your resume.  Make sure they add value to the employer reading it.  And, if you’re changing industries, search for job descriptions to ensure you’re speaking the same language as the industry you’re applying.  Speaking the same language will tell the employer you are a good fit and ready to make this career change.

 

4. Don’t forget to include the result for each accomplishment.  The #1 mistake I see when I receive resumes, is the result is missing from the accomplishment statement.  The result is what makes you stand out.  The result is what tells the employer they NEED YOU.

 

5. Don’t be afraid to show off your skills.  This is not the time to be humble.  Sound familiar?  Health Care professionals are typically the most humble professionals I’ve coached.  Remember, the resume is where you get credit where credit is due.

  

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

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