Creating Your Resume 101 – Five Things That Your Resume is Not

Your resume is your advertisement material for yourself. As such, you sometimes tend to overdo things when creating the perfect resume in an attempt to showcase your assets to prospective employers. Though it is natural to put a little creative and passion in this document about yourself, please remember a few things what your resume is NOT, so as not to go overboard.

1. A novel. When creating your resume, try to keep it down to one to two pages at the most. Offer enough details to get attention to your skills, but not too much that you will bore the screener to tears.

2. A dictionary nor a crossword puzzle. This means that you should avoid an overload of professional jargon that the initial screener may not be able to grasp. Reserve the technical terms for the interview with your immediate superior with whom you are in equal footing in terms of skills. When you submit your resume, your first objective is to get past through the company’s first line of defense, usually somebody from the HR, who may not be able to fully understand your terminologies, that she has to consult a thesaurus at every other phrase.

3. A canvass or an artwork. Just remember to curb your artistic tendencies a little. Even if you’re applying for a position in the arts department, remember that resumes are still supposed to look professional.

When creating your resume, your font should not be too fancy and colorful like you’ve just learned to use the computer for the first time. Especially if you are sending your resume via the electronic means, try to use standard fonts such as Arial, new times roman and Tahoma because the font you’re probably using may not be available in somebody else’s computer, the data will look like a series of exclamation points and a host of other punctuation marks.

Likewise, try to stick to white bond paper as much as possible. Red flags will definitely go up if you send a resume printed on a stationary.

4. A one-size fits all generic things. The job description of an account officer in one company may not be the same for another. Learn to create a tailor-made resumes based on the job description of the position you are applying for.

5. A venue to fan your ego. In short, be honest and don’t exaggerate your credentials. Resume screeners just know it. And even if they don’t, your color will definitely show during the interview.

Creating a resume is both a productive and fun activity. Although the possibilities are endless in creating a perfect resume, just don’t get carried away, lest you run the risk of having your resume carried to the garbage bin before it gets appreciated.

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