Professional and intelligible…that should be your goal
Now, this should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people send out resumes which look like they were written by a 4th grader.
In my humble opinion, it’s of the utmost importance to be eloquent within the context of your resume and to make sure you’re using proper grammar and syntax. For your current job description, use the present tense. For past jobs, use past tense. This seems like a no-brainer, but again you’d be surprised at how many people make this mistake.
Being articulate can go a long way as well. Most hiring managers will consider it a plus if you can convey your level of intelligence in your written communications. And this is your first chance (maybe your last chance) to prove to them that you can. If your resume is sloppy and hastily thrown together, what does that say about the quality of your work? If the writing is weak, inconsistent, or too crowded it can and will project a negative message.
So take your resume seriously. And don’t’ rely on Spell Check. What happens when you accidentally type “Manger” instead of “Manager”? Do you think Spell Check is going to bail you out?
I always suggest having an impartial third-party edit it for you or, at the very least, give you some constructive feedback. Whatever you do, don’t send it out to potential employers without having someone else look it over. That’s imperative!
Some people just need to swallow their pride. Because when it comes right down to it, you may be the best at what you do, but if you don’t write resumes for a living then chances are there’s someone out there more qualified to write your resume than you are. Please consider that if you’re serious about being taken seriously!
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