Résumés

With Zoomdojo’s résumé tips, sample résumés and the NEW create résumé and e-portfolio tool, you can make your CV speak for you loud and clear in the few moments that a recruiter scans through it. Your résumé must communicate your qualifications, experience, and accomplishments. In writing a good résumé, you should not be shy but you should also not fabricate or over claim. Make your résumé a powerful summary of all that is YOU.

Do's

Do ... include keywords from the job description in your résumé, especially if you are applying online. Employers use keyword recognition software to sort through résumés.
Do ... talk responsibilities, accomplishments, results in your résumé – not duties.
Do ... include dollars, numbers, and amounts in your résumé to illustrate achievements or responsibilities, where possible.
Do ... update information, add new experiences, skills. You are changing and learning, gaining new skills, your résumé needs to change with you.
Do ... customize your résumé for each job. Emphasize different achievements for different jobs.
Do ... keep your résumé to one page … that is just right – not too short, not too long.
Do ... use clean, easy-to-read type in your résumé. Arial, Times New Roman, Courier, Calibri.
Do ... show your résumé to your career office and to friends / parents. Be open to advice and comments.
Do ... read your résumé out loud; listen to how you sound when you read it.
Do ... edit … edit … and edit your résumé again.
Do ... PROOF-READ, PROOF-READ, PROOF-READ your résumé.
Do ... save your résumé file with your first and last name. You want it to be easy to identify.
Do ... include the name of the organization in your résumé file name. It will make it easy for you to identify which employer you have sent a specific résumé to.
Do ... save your résumé in PDF. Word documents often don’t transmit in the format you created.

Don’ts

Don’t ... use numerous fonts, colors and designs in your résumé. Keep it simple and easy to read.
Don’t... include age, date of birth, marital status, gender, religion, children in your résumé. Employers are not allowed to take these factors into account.
Don’t... include current or expected salary in your résumé.
Don’t... fold or mutilate your résumé (if using a printed copy).
Don’t... use a font size that is too small to read. You should generally not go smaller than 10 points.
Don’t... use a crazy, inappropriate file name to save and identify your résumé.
Don’t... use bar charts, graphics or images in résumés.
Don’t... fabricate or stretch the truth in a résumé - honesty is the best policy!
Don’t... use personal pronouns in résumés – no “I” or “me”