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Top 10 Questions Asked About Resume Writing.

Resumes have evolved quite a bit since then. Today employers have expectations of not only what a resume should contain, but also how long it should be, what must be included, and how it should be sent.

Below are some of the questions asked about Resume....

1. What are “Keywords” And How Do I Use Them In My Resume?

Have you heard about keywords and resume scanning? Now that many employers sift through resumes electronically, you’ve got to know how to adapt your document. Add words and use phrasing that scanners will be looking for. With a bit of research and sound judgment calls, you can maximize keywords on your resume and improve your chances of getting noticed.

2. Why Do I Need To List My Work Achievements, Not Just My Duties And Responsibilities?

On the old style of resume it was enough to describe the duties and responsibilities you’ve held as an employee. Not so anymore. An employer is looking to see how you have actually added value as a worker.

3. Which Resume Format Is Best To Use: Chronological, Functional, Mixed, Or CV?

Confused by the possible variations in resume styles? No need to be. Our articles can help you figure out which format to use under different circumstances. In brief: a reverse chronological resume is the typical style most employers expect to see. The functional resume is popular with career changers, people with little work experience (like students and recent grads), or those who’ve been out of the workforce for an extended leave. Mixed (combined format) resumes combine the chronological and functional formats. And a Curriculum Vitae (CV) is mainly for professors, teachers, lawyers, scientists and related professionals.

4. What should be included in my resume ?

Your resume needs to provide employers with a well rounded idea of your professional experience and career to date, highlighting all of your relevant skills and achievements.

Below are Some of the other Information to be added in the resume.

  • Personal Information. Name Current and Permanent address (may be omitted from a resume posted on the web).

  • Objective. In one short sentence summarize your goal for your job search.

  • Education.

  • Work and Related Experience.

  • Awards and Honors.

  • Activities/Hobbies.

  • Skills.

  • References (3-5 people).

5. Should I tailor my Resume ?

Tailoring your resume to a job description is a must. And it's the one piece of advice to rule them all. By tailoring your resume to the job description, you signal to the hiring manager that your experience is relevant and that you're the right person for the job.

Unfortunately, if you don't have the specific experiences and skills recruiters are looking for in your resume, you will easily go into the discard pile. (Yep, even when you are the most qualified person for the job!)

6. What mistakes should I try to avoid when writing my resume?

Though mistakes happen frequently and aren't typically a cause for concern, it is common for resume writers to make grammatical and spelling errors, which can be a challenge to overcome. In order to avoid these types of mistakes, you'll want to proofread your resume with a meticulous eye—look for misspelled words, clunky run-on sentences and awkward wording that you can fine tune. Reading over your resume and asking a friend or trusted colleague to do the same can help you avoid committing such mistakes.

7. What file format should I use to send my electronic resume?

Because most candidates submit their job applications electronically, the way they send in resumes has changed as well. Some candidates use their technological knowledge to create complex e-portfolios and high-quality resume designs, but these formats aren't the norm. It's commonly expected for candidates to send their electronic resumes in word document format or portable document format (PDF). Using a PDF is a great option to ensure that your resume's formatting will be maintained when a hiring manager opens the file on their computer.

  • It depends on whether your degree or your experience is your best selling point. Always list the most relevant section first…

  • If you are a current college student or about to graduate, generally list education first.

  • If you are currently working, generally list experience first. A good cutoff point for moving your Experience section to the forefront of your resume is a year to 18 months after graduation.

9. How long should my resume be?

Recruiters receive a high volume of resumes for each role, so it’s important that yours is scannable and they can make their mind up about whether they are interested in yours quickly.

Limiting yours to 1-2 pages is probably best, however it is important that you include all of the information that you feel will be relevant to your job hunt, so it is important that you do not feel restricted.

10. What is an ATS & How do I make ATS Friendly Resume ?

An applicant tracking system or ATS is what you upload your resume to when you apply to a position online. Companies and organizations use different applicant tracking systems with different capabilities. To make sure your resume is ATS friendly and uploads successfully use standard formatting: standard fonts (e.g., Times New Roman), section titles (e.g., Education, Projects, Experience), work history format (position title, name of company, and dates), and avoid using headers, footers, text boxes, tables, colors, pictures, or graphics. Use a Word or Google Doc, then convert to a PDF for uploading to the ATS.

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