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Resumes: How to write them and why they exist

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I’ve heard this time and again - why do I need a resume and how do I write them? As long as organizations use their own applicant tracking systems (ATS) you are required to have a resume. It is your marketing tool to finding your next job. The recruitment industry is experiencing a time of change.

Social media and social networking are changing the face of the recruitment industry. Within this article I outline key tips, what to do and what not to do. Keep in mind this is based on my work with my clients. This is an area where even I still learn continuously. There are numerous articles on how to write a resume, and I am one of those articles. I base my work on one principal – simple, concise and clean. Thanks for reading!

Do:

• Use proper capitalization with your name
• Use only one phone number
• Use a professional email
• Insert your LinkedIn Profile
• Indicate your city of residence
• Use equal margins in your page set-up
• Upload MS Word Version if you are given a choice in the type of file to upload

Don't:

• Write in your full address – your city shows your proximity.
• Rely on MS Word for spell/grammar check - print it out, read and ask for feedback.
• Use italics or bold – it makes no difference in an online database or to the reader.
• Use lines, borders or any fancy formatting – text only.
• Use headers or footers – it blocks out text from a system scanning for keywords.

Key Tips:

  1. Use 13 or 14 point max for all section headers.
  2. Use 11 or 12 point for all section details and in Arial font.
  3. Center all section headers so they stand out.
  4. Do not manipulate margins to the point where your word processing skills become questionable.
  5. The one page rule is based on the number of years of experience, do not undersell yourself. I just received feedback on my own resume and this was included in my feedback.
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