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1.  Know the purpose of your resume
Some people write a resume as if the purpose of the document was to land a
job. As a result they end up with a really long and boring piece that makes them look like desperate job hunters. The objective of your resume is to land an interview, and the interview will land you
the job (hopefully!).
2.  Back up your qualities and strengths
Instead of creating a long (and boring)
list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences.
In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up, else it will appear that you are just trying to
inflate things.
3.  Make sure to use the right keywords
Most companies (even smaller ones) are already using digital databases to search for candidates. This means that the HR department will run search queries based on specific keywords. Guess what, if your resume doesn’t have the keywords related to the job you are applying for, you will be out even before the game starts.
These keywords will usually be nouns. Check the job description and related job ads for a clue on what the employer might be looking for. You can read more about resume keywords on the article Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness.
4.  Use effective titles
Like it or not, employers will usually make a judgment about your resume in 5 seconds. Under this time frame the most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the attention. Try to be as descriptive as possible, giving the employer a good idea about the nature of your past work experiences. For example:
Bad title:     Accounting
Good title:  Management of A/R and A/P                     and Recordkeeping
 
5.  Proofread it twice
It would be difficult to emphasize the importance of proofreading your resume. One small typo and your chances of getting hired could slip. Proofreading it once is not enough, so do it twice, three times or as many as necessary. If you don’t know how to proofread effectively, here are 8 tips that you can use.
6.  Use bullet points
No employer will have the time (or patience) to read long paragraphs of text. Make sure, therefore, to use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences, educational background
and professional objectives.
7.  Where are you going?
Public transport may be useless if the traffic is heavy. Always keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So be on time at the particular location of interview. Also if you are there so early, you can wait nearby
cafe of shop. And if you are going to be
late, then best option is call them.
8.  Put the most important information      first
This point is valid both to the overall order of your resume, as well as to the individual sections. Most of the times your previous work experience will be the most important part of the resume, so put it at the top. When describing your experiences or skills, list the most important ones first.
 
9.  Attention to the typography
First of all make sure that your fonts are
big enough. The smaller you should go
is 11 points, but 12 is probably safer. Do not use capital letters all over the place, remember that your goal is to communicate a message as fast and as clearly as possible. Arial and Times are good choices.
10. Do not include “no kidding”       information
There are many people that like to include statements like “Available for interview”
or “References available upon request.”
If you are sending a resume to a company,
it should be a given that you are available for an interview and that you will provide references if requested. Just avoid items that will make the employer think
“no kidding!”
11. Explain the benefits of your skills
Merely stating that you can do something will not catch the attention of the employer. If you manage to explain how it will benefit his company, and to connect it to tangible results, then you will greatly improve your chances.
12. Avoid negativity
Do not include information that might sound negative in the eyes of the
employer. This is valid both to your
resume and to interviews. You don’t
need to include, for instance, things
that you hated about your last company.
Credits :
www.interviewtips.org
www.dailywritingtips.com
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