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Free Resume Writing Tips

Following are some of the professional and technical free resume writing tips, try not to ignore any of these ;

  1. Match the Titles or Headings to the job that you want.
  2. Use a catchy design for your resume to grab the attention of the prospective employer.
  3. Use the keywords used in the advertisement to describe the job in your resume.
  4. Identify what the employer needs from the job seeker which they have not expressly defined in the job advertisement. Address these hidden needs in your resume.
  5. Use a language that matches the salary and image the desired job will give you. The language of a low paying job should not match that of a high paying job.
  6. To avoid redoing the resume for every job tweak it and the cover letter so that they address the specific skills each employer requests.
  7. Be organized. List your technical knowledge first then your technical strengths that stand out clearly at the beginning of your resume.
  8. List your qualifications in order of relevance to the job being applied for, from most relevant to least relevant. Your degree and educational qualifications should only come first if they truly are relevant to the job for which you are applying. Thus if you posses experience doing the same type of job, list it first even if it wasn’t your most recent job.
  9. Quantify your experience wherever possible by Citing numerical figures (monetary budgets, time periods worked), that demonstrate progress or accomplishments you have had at previous employments, such as which due directly to your work.
  10. To give the impression that you are someone who is active and gets things done by using their brain, begin sentences with action verbs. Using past tense for descriptions of positions held is a useful tool to avoid confusion
  11. A resume should be advertisement of you so don’t sell yourself short. State all your experiences for review by the hiring managers.
  12. Keep your resume concise by cutting on descriptions of whole projects of which you were only a part.
  13. Use of the articles (the, an, a) as few times as possible. Referring yourself by the first parson should also be avoided e.g. use of “I” to identify yourself.
  14. Have a trusted friend review your resume to give you a second opinion.
  15. Proofread the resume to make sure that there are no errors, grammatical mistakes, poor punctuation, and inconsistent capitalization’s.
  16. Give only the “Recent Work History” or “Relevant Work History” with a description of only the last 10 or 15 years of your experience to cut your age especially if you are over late 40s or 50s.
  17. create a good and fair description of  a job title to be your work experience if you have never had a paid job such as, plumber(self employed)
  18. Fill your resume with Problem-Action-Results (PAR) statements that state the problem that existed in your workplace and a description of what you did about it, and finally you point out the beneficial results to impress potential employer.
  19. 10 or 15 years of your work history is enough – unless your best work experience can earlier on in the career work experience is from farther back.
  20. If you are a student and want to list summer jobs descriptions such as “spring 1996” or “Summer 1996” rather than 6/96 to 9/96 will leave the resume neat.
  21. Use a font size of 10 to 12 for your name and headings the same as the content information depending on the font style chosen.