Resume Etiquette: Do’s & Don’ts for a Modern Resume

I am delighted to share this infographic designed by Blueberry Labs with an introduction by Lisa Smith.

Resume etiquette

Resumes are among the toughest documents to write, and to be fair to HR managers and evaluators, the toughest to assess as well. How do you write a resume that’s ideally suited as an application for the job you are applying to? How much information is necessary, what is the best structure to follow, does format matter, how to stand out from the dozens of resumes that your document will be compared to? These can be daunting questions. However, it’s important to find the answers to these; here are the reasons-

  • 25% HR managers receive 50 resumes for a job position; imagine how tough it can be for them to shortlist candidates!
  • The evaluator can’t afford to spend more than a few seconds on the resume to decide whether he/she even wants to go through it, imagine how tough it can be to grab attention and sustain it!
  • In most cases, there are some specific attributes, key words, and formatting choices that instantly stick in the mind of the reader or viewer of your resume; it’s important to learn these tricks.

How to make your resume win you a job interview?

You could spend several hours on creating a resume from scratch, only to realize that you would have missed on some of the most vital design and information elements in it. This is where professionally designed resume templates come to the picture. Before that, however, let’s see as to what attributes make a resume a good one in an HR manager’s opinion.

You could have more than 5 years of book-keeping experience, but being a personal loan advisor in a bank involves people skills, and that’s what your resume needs to highlight. The lesson – make your resume a relevant document. For this, spend a lot of time on understanding the job description, anticipating as to what skills the evaluator would want in a candidate, and then highlight achievements, experiences and accolades relevant to those skills in your resume.

More than 75% HR managers consider a resume focusing on relevant experience good, and almost 50% regard applications mentioning specific and clearly worded accomplishments as good resumes. Also, the degree of customization and fine tuning of the resume to appeal to the job in question is considered a vital success factor.

Among the most important keywords to include in your resume to appeal to the sensibilities of a recruiter are ‘leadership’, ‘communication skills’, ‘problem solving attitude’, ‘keenness to learn’, ‘self driven’, and ‘productivity improvement’.

Some important Do’s and Don’ts

Make your resume look like a professional’s serious application for a job, and hence, avoid flashy colors or images. A well formatted, neat looking, and error free resume is a pre-requisite for being taken seriously in a recruitment process. Send your resume in a well known and universal format so that it is easily readable on any computer, include contact details, and be careful with the choice of fonts.

It’s important to not have any irrelevant or incorrect statements in the resume. Long sentences should be avoided, and you must not make any personal appeals in the resume. Follow these tips and tricks, and you should be good.

The Infographic is the Courtesy of Resume Templates

resume etiquette do's and don't for a modern resume

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Nathan S. Gibson is an independent worker compliance business partner who provides expertise and creative solutions to enhance workforce flexibility and maintain compliance with worker classification requirements. He helps mitigate the risks associated with the misclassification of self-employed consultants, freelancers and independent contractors.

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