Résumés



With Zoomdojo’s résumé tips, sample résumés and the NEW create résumé and e-portfolio tool, you can make your CV speak for you loud and clear in the few moments that a recruiter scans through it. Your résumé must communicate your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments. In writing a good résumé, you should not be shy but you should also not fabricate or over claim. Make your résumé a powerful summary of all that is YOU.

Do's

  • Do ... include keywords from the job description in your résumé, especially if you are applying online. Employers use keyword recognition software to sort through résumés.
  • Do ... talk responsibilities, accomplishments, results in your résumé – not duties.
  • Do ... include dollars, numbers, and amounts in your résumé to illustrate achievements or responsibilities, where possible.
  • Do ... update information, add new experiences, skills. You are changing and learning, gaining new skills, your résumé needs to change with you.
  • Do ... customize your résumé for each job. Emphasize different achievements for different jobs.
  • Do ... keep your résumé to one page … that is just right – not too short, not too long.
  • Do ... use clean, easy-to-read type in your résumé. Arial, Times New Roman, Courier, Calibri.
  • Do ... show your résumé to your career office and to friends / parents. Be open to advice and comments.
  • Do ... read your résumé out loud; listen to how you sound when you read it.
  • Do ... edit … edit … and edit your résumé again.
  • Do ... PROOF-READ, PROOF-READ, PROOF-READ your résumé.
  • Do ... save your résumé file with your first and last name. You want it to be easy to identify.
  • Do ... include the name of the organization in your résumé file name. It will make it easy for you to identify which employer you have sent a specific résumé to.
  • Do ... save your résumé in PDF. Word documents often don’t transmit in the format you created.
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Don’ts

  • Don’t ... use numerous fonts, colors and designs in your résumé. Keep it simple and easy to read.
  • Don’t ... include age, date of birth, marital status, gender, religion, children in your résumé. Employers are not allowed to take these factors into account.
  • Don’t ... include current or expected salary in your résumé.
  • Don’t ... fold or mutilate your résumé (if using a printed copy).
  • Don’t ... use a font size that is too small to read. You should generally not go smaller than 10 points.
  • Don’t ... use a crazy, inappropriate file name to save and identify your résumé.
  • Don’t ... use bar charts, graphics or images in résumés.
  • Don’t ... fabricate or stretch the truth in a résumé - honesty is the best policy!
  • Don’t ... use personal pronouns in résumés – no “I” or “me”
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