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Resume Do’s and Don’ts
Resume writing is often difficult for every job seeker. Here are resume do’s and resume don’ts that you should practice when writing your next resume.
Start with the Right Structure
- Header with all your contact information, including your full name, address, phone number, email address, and LinkedIn profile link (if available) at the top of your resume
- Resume summary statement or resume objective that briefly touches on any transferable skills and relevant experience, or your career goals
- Skills section with a good mix of hard and soft skills
- Work experience section in reverse-chronological order, with major responsibilities and achievements highlighted for each job
- Education section, including certifications or notable academic accolades
By dividing your resume into these easily digestible sections, hiring managers can get a better sense of what related work experience you have and how you can apply those skills to the current job opening.
Five Resume Do’s
Five Resume Don’ts
FAQs: Resume Do’s and Don’ts
Q: What cliche words should I avoid on a resume?
Common buzzwords and phrases to avoid include:
- Team player
- Hard worker
- References available upon request
- Any passive verbs or language
Q: What are some common resume mistakes?
Outside of the resume don’ts listed above, here are the most common resume mistakes candidates make:
- Listing a non-professional email address
- Using a generic template for every job application
- Focusing on or emphasizing general work duties rather than specific achievements
- Making your resume too long