There are several things a resume should NOT do:
* Be boring, or a “carbon copy” of thousands of other resumes
* Be negative
* Highlight education and job experience without including accomplishments
* Explain skills which are not needed for the role in question
* Discuss the applicant’s interests, hobbies, or personal life
* List references, or say “references furnished upon request”
* Be greater than two pages
* Not be proofread
Many resumes look exactly the same. They furnish the applicant’s name, address, and phone number. Then, they touch on “seeking to obtain experience,” “I do not have experience but am prepared to learn,” or other such negative statements. Then, they specify the applicant’s education and every single job the job seeker has ever had. They mention a few skills which may, or may not, have anything to do with the job in question and wrap up with an extensive list of the candidate’s own personal interests and hobbies. This presents the recruiter with three or more pages of fluff that is quite often completely immaterial to the job in question. The recruiter could not care less if the applicant collects coins. The recruiter wants to know “can this individual work with us within our company culture and help us make a profit?” The recruiter also knows that job applicants will supply references when requested, so there is no need for detailing them on the resume. Also, if job seekers point out that they are detail-oriented and have many spelling or grammar mistakes, they have taken themselves from consideration immediately.
Here is what a resume SHOULD do:
* List a core set of talents important to the job in question
* Be positive. The applicant is the hero
* Highlight value-add talents as they will help the company
* Show a list of achievements from work experience and the job applicant’s education
* Be to the point and limited to two pages.
* Include no errors
The applicant should promote him or herself with the resume, illustrating to the recruiter how the job seeker will benefit the company. If the candidate merited rewards for performance, dedication, or other work related topics, the resume should state that. If the applicant was acknowledged for teamwork and ability to meet deadlines, the resume should cover that, as well. The resume should only relate skills essential to the job in question. Employment help centers keep a standardized list of skills for many jobs. Pick their brains to get the needed text. They are there to aid with finding employment. Thin the skills down to groupings that are no more than two lines long each and therefore easily grasped. Present the skills in bullet form. The work experience and education should be very brief and merely highlight the facts. As top resume writers know, the applicant should make absolutely sure there are no errors. EVERYONE says he or she is detail oriented. Those who show it will definitely succeed.