Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Resume

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The “You” on Paper: Resume Writing Do’s and Don’ts to Remember

It’s no secret: that piece of paper you submit as a job seeker will speak as loud as your actions. This leaves you with little to no room for unnecessary and unappealing details, so aside from following the standard resume format, take a look at the tips we’ve rounded up for your resume writing process!

Do: Include a Cover letter!
This is often overlooked by many job seekers, but your best shot at putting your achievements before a backdrop of real-life scenarios is through a letter with a “dragon-slaying story.” A dragon-slaying story is what Liz Ryan from Forbes calls “a very short story with three parts — Problem, Solution, and Impact.” Instead of boring your employer with lists of awards and involvements, tell them a story of how you brought about change or uplifted your team from dire situations, earning you the praise you proudly put in your resume.

Don’t: Use Passive Verbs
When you list down your extracurricular activities and memberships in organizations, make sure to use active verbs that show your specific and vital role in them. Stay away from words and phrases like “joined,” “became part of,” or “a member of” which only shows that you just signed up for the embellishment of your resume, leaving your valuable experience from such involvements questionable.

Do: Include your Hobbies and Talents
Companies nowadays are no longer as rigid and gray as your grandfather’s. It has become a popular ethos to cultivate synergy beyond mere teamwork between employees. Your hobbies and talents might just give a glimpse of your personality that your employers wouldn’t be able to see during office hours but will give them a personal connection with you from the get-go. Since application processes tend to be done swiftly, as there are many job seekers alongside you, that personal connection might just be the one thing that keeps you in their minds once deliberations begin.

Don’t: fret not having a lot of relevant experience
Although experience tends to be the currency of employment, it’s better to write with honesty about your active participation in organizations and advocacies instead of filling your resume with half-truths about your contributions to the field. In your cover letter make sure that you express that, despite your lack of experience, you are actively seeking mentorship and hands-on learning.

We’ll leave the nitty-gritty stuff to you, like no longer including your Best in Spelling Award from third grade in your list of achievements. Just remember these tips to bring that piece of paper to life. For tips on how to answer basic interview questions, check this out! (put hyperlink of the next blog on word this)

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