Keep your résumé out of the trash with these tips

Keep your résumé out of the trash with these tips

Writing up a resume is not a simple task.

If you are like me, I would spend a significant amount of time and effort revising my resume to make it look nice, easy to read, and everything is up-to-date and correct.  These criteria are important because you want the outside person to look at your resume and know when, where, and what you have done in your career with ease.

As a former resourcer, I reviewed hundreds of resumes a week.  You would be surprised that people still make common mistakes.

Here are some examples:
•    Lack of contact information
•    Dates out of order
•    Most recent job position not on top
•    Job responsibilities written in a summary
•    Degrees not properly stated

It is frustrating for a recruiter who is trying to reach you regarding a position and the number is disconnected or email is returned.  If you are looking for a new opportunity, make sure you are reachable.

When listing your experience, it is best you have your most recent position first and dates are in order.  Recruiters and hiring managers like to know what you are currently doing right off the bat.

Also, using bullet points to state your responsibilities are much easier to follow (remember you are writing a resume and not a novel).

If you have a degree and not properly stated, it just looks bad.

All these mistakes can be avoided if extra time and effort to pay attention to details is put into it.  It is as simple as that.

Vickie Nguyen
Financial Assistant
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

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