Resumes are a bit silly when you think about it. We list our accomplishments and skills on a neat little piece of paper and hand it to potential employers, internally shouting “Please love me! I am good at everything! See? ‘
Trying to impress said potential employers with a small but powerful resume is a daunting task. But surely, anyone who is particularly concerned with how to write a resume has taken a seminar or just looked for advice on Google on the subject. So here’s a different take on the world of resumes – here’s what not to do.
Don’t be like Elle Woods.
In 99% of life, I encourage you to be like Elle Woods. However, in this specific case, do not not follow Elle Woods’ example. As tempting as it may sound, under no circumstances should you make your resume pink and / or fragrant. Already. Employers want to know more about you, but… not this a lot.
Do not list skills and accomplishments that are not relevant to the job.
It’s great if you watch everything Doctor Who within a week. If you kill the competition in Mario kart, it’s excellent. But employers, most of the time, don’t care about knowing this information (unless your Whovian or gaming skills are useful for the job – in which case I suggest you just beg for the four-way job. paws.) Original skills are great for your personal life, but not so much for your professional life. Try not to waste anyone’s time by presenting information that is not relevant to your career.
Don’t suddenly decide that you have a graphic designer inside you who is desperate to be released.
As in, don’t get too funky with your resume layout by adding clipart, six different fonts, and rainbow letters. Clear, simple lines and a legible font will do just fine. Being creative is great and in some cases can set you apart from your competition. But don’t let your design experiences take away what’s really important about your resume: its content.
Don’t list skills that you don’t actually have.
It’s easy to overstate your awesomeness on your resume. A lot of people do, I’m sure. But here’s the thing: if you overdo it, you can not do, then you sort of diminish the many things that you can to do. Don’t sell yourself short. Trust that you can get the job just by being yourself!
Writing a resume is tricky business – after all, a piece of paper could never do you full justice. If you can strike a balance between having fun creating it and staying professional, you will undoubtedly create something that will grab the attention of future employers.
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