A good resume can help you to get good and satisfactory job opportunities and will give you a chance to show your talent & how good you are at your work.
A well-written and nicely presented resume can do something amazing for your job search. Before you send yours out, follow this checklist to ensure you are sending out an excellent quality representation of yourself.
1. Grammar, spelling, punctuation – For a proper resume with 0 mistakes use the grammar and spell check function, then print it out and read the document word by word. The spell checker doesn’t know that you meant “manager” when you typed “manager.” Be careful and alert while writing each word.
2. Capitalization – Use a manual such as the Gregg Reference Manual if you do not know capitalization rules.
3. Punctuation – commas and semi-commas can change the whole meaning of the word. Check for proper use of commas and semicolons as it can improve your resume. Again, if you are unsure, refer to the Gregg Reference Manual.
4. Run-on sentences – Check and make sure you do not have run-ons that are hard to read. Use simple words that are easily understandable.
5. Consistency – You must be consistent with your number usage (dates, money, numbers), plurals, and abbreviations. For example, don’t list one date as 8/2004 and then list another date as 3/15/2004. Also, be aware of listing software consistently (abbreviation use). MS Word and Microsoft Outlook are both correct, but not consistent.
6. Education section – When you have a degree, list only the year that you obtained your degree. When you list your dates, (i.e.: 9/1998 to 1/2002) many resume-scanning systems will not recognize that you obtained a degree, only that you attended college for a period.
7. Ampersands – Ampersands (&) do not belong on a resume. There are a few exceptions. One exception is a well-known company name (AT&T). Another exception is well-known industry terms (P&L).
8. Hyperlinks – All e-mail and web addresses that you list need to be deactivated in your resume. To do this in MS Word, highlight the link, go to the “Insert” drop-down menu, scroll down to and click “Hyperlink”, and on the lower left-hand side of this screen there should be a little button that says “Remove link”, when you find it, give it a little click and voila! Alternatively, you can highlight the link, right-click on it, and scroll down to “remove link” to deactivate the link.
These small - small changes will improve your resume, make it better, will give a good impression and it will also increase your job security. Enhance your personality with a good resume and hard as well as smart work!
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