How to Write a Better Resume

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A well-written, professional resume is the best way to get recruiters to notice your application. Most recruiters pay more attention to resumes that have the relevant information neatly arranged and organized as they can access key information about the candidates work, projects and skill sets quickly and efficiently.

While writing a resume is not rocket science, it does have a structure that is different from school or college-style reports and term papers. A resume is for all practical purposes, a business text and therefore, has certain rules that may be contrary to the conventional written English which people have been used to.

Listed below are five handy tips exclusively for resumes, to help you when you begin writing yours!

Keep away from the use of ‘I’

Considering the obvious point that your resume is about you, using ‘I’ for each sentence is not essential. It is common to begin sentences with action verbs in resumes and is in fact, recommended. This practice may seem unusual and against the standard rules of writing in English, but it is perfectly acceptable in case of resumes.

For example, in place of:

I managed a branch whose primary responsibility was to oversee financial audits. I wrote all the relevant reports and conducted management meetings.

You can write:

Managed a branch whose primary responsibility was to oversee financial audits. Wrote relevant reports and conducted management meetings.

Keep sentences short

Avoid long- drawn, rambling sentences. It is best to frame information in sentences that are to the point, crisp and concise. In resumes, it is alright to frequently omit the articles a, an, and the; which are an indispensible part of standard written English.

For example, in place of:

Spent two years working on key accounts, as a handler of client queries, demonstrating excellent skill in arranging and supervising the working of a territory with efficiency as well as in expanding client databases.

You can write:

Spent two years working on key accounts. Handled client queries. Demonstrated excellent skill in arranging and supervising a territory and in developing client databases. 

You can also use a bulleted format:

  • Spent two years working on key accounts.
  •  Handled client queries
  •  Demonstrated excellent skill in arranging and supervising a territory and in developing client databases. 

Use simple English

Often, people are under the misconception that the reader can be impressed by using big words. For resumes, it is advisable to keep the English crisp and simple. Use fewer adjectives and avoid phrases when one word is sufficient to get the point across.  For example, in place of ‘brought about the solution of’ you can simply write ‘solved’.

Use bullet points to arrange your information

In a resume, sentences can be arranged in small paragraphs or in separate lines. While it is easier to read information in bullet points, this format takes up considerable space. So, it is recommended that a combination of paragraphs and bullet points be used.

While using bullet points, try not to repeat information already mentioned before. Do pay attention to listing sentences in sequence and the alignment of the bullets. All sentences in the bullet points must follow the same grammatical format as far as possible. Make sure to review resume samples and other resume advice at sites like Monster.com on this subject to get a better sense of how to implement this tip as it is likely going to be the bulk of your resume.

For example:

  • Incoming deliveries are supervised
  • Have experience in performing training of warehouse assistants. 

You can write:

  • Supervise incoming deliveries for the Retail department.
  • Train warehouse assistants. 

Start with general information and then move to specifics

Put together your information such that it starts with a broad statement, followed by specific ones.

For example: Organized training for customer service executives. Answered customer queries. Responsible for all customer service activities. 

Here, the third statement is more general than the previous ones.

The above description can be re- arranged to:  Responsible for customer service activities. Answered customer queries.  Organized training for customer service executives. 

These tips will help you streamline the information on your resume to make it look more professional.

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