Top 10 Tips for Writing your Resume/CV (Part 2)

Last week I started sharing the top ten tips you should consider when writing your resume. Here is the rest of the list to round out the top ten list.

6. Make your resume easy to read – Leave white space. Don’t jam it with text. Use a font size no smaller than 12 points. Use a basic font style, such as Arial or Times New Roman. Remember, resumes are reviewed quickly. Help the reader scan your resume efficiently and effectively. Do not use colored background, photos or fancy images on your resume. A flower border might look lovely to you, but that opinion might not be shared by everyone.

7. No jargon, slang or acronyms. It should be common sense, but it’s not. Slang should never be used. As for technical jargon and acronyms, do not assume that the employer will know what you are talking about or will have the same level of technical expertise that you do.

8. Get someone else to review it – We can easily become blind to our own mistakes or way of reasoning, so allow someone else to evaluate the overall quality of your resume and make appropriate suggestions.

9. Proofread, proofread, and proofread again – Seriously. You need to make sure there are no typos, misspelled words or grammatical errors. I can’t tell you how many resumes and cover letters I see that have really basic errors that should have been caught by the sender. There is no excuse. Proofread, and then do it again.

10. No lies, please – this may seem like a no-brainer, but even small lies should be avoided. Most companies do background investigations these days and it is just too easy to get caught. It’s not only embarrassing, but potentially damaging to your credibility. Remember what your mother told you…”Honesty is the best policy.”

So, once you taken the time to write the perfect resume, submit it to potential employers. Think of it as a game where your odds of winning increase with every resume you submit. Be sure to apply for jobs that are aligned with your level of expertise, but also apply for jobs that seem to be a bit of a stretch. That’s how you grow…by taking risks. Don’t rule yourself out. Trust the process. It may be more challenging to find that perfect job in this economy, but it isn’t impossible. Good luck in your job search!

Now that I have walked you through tips for writing a resume, feel free to check out Jobs at Intel to explore the opportunities we have and to submit your resume for one of our positions.

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20 Responses to Top 10 Tips for Writing your Resume/CV (Part 2)

  1. Another thing I would like to add here is that job seekers should state their accomplishments rather than responsibilities on their resume/ CV. Hiring managers are more interested in knowing how useful you would be for their company if the job is offered to you.

  2. Rakesh Maddala says:

    Thank you for these tips, i have made lots of corrections in my resume after these tips. Thank you very much again…

  3. Suranja says:

    Thank you so much for the immense help you have offered us Ms.Storm! These are surely golden words for guiding us towards delivering a compact and distinct resume…

  4. In addition to the tips provided I have used in the past: Write a CV for the position you are applying for, The style matters depending on the type and background of the organisation your are applying. Some companies wish a picture on your CV, although this practice is in certain countries. Do not include too many skills in the skills section, and think about education history first or past work history. There are so many things to think about in writing an effective CV.

  5. Sabyasachi Sabat says:

    Thank you for these tips, i have made lots of corrections in my resume after these tips. Thank you very much again…
    In addition to the tips provided I have used in the past: Write a CV for the position you are applying for, The style matters depending on the type and background of the organisation your are applying. Some companies wish a picture on your CV, although this practice is in certain countries. Do not include too many skills in the skills section, and think about education history first or past work history. There are so many things to think about in writing an effective CV.

  6. Resume Example says:

    Great post, getting someone to review it is critical! Also, you always need to keep your resume fresh and updated with your most recent skills. Always keep an eye on the trends (video resumes, etc)

  7. sameer says:

    Is there any space limitation, especially for a PhD student. Its too difficult to put everything in 2 pages.

  8. Hello Sameer – For PhD students and others in academia, it is ok to have a expanded resume. I would recommend using the normal format (education, employment history, etc), and then adding additional pages as needed to highlight your patents, publications, presentations, technical reports, etc.
    Thanks for your comments and let me know if you have any additional questions.

  9. uk jobs says:

    I liked your blog on CV writing.A good way of getting prospective employers to read your CV is to attach a well worded cover letter, stating your key skills and abilities. Sending a CV in with no cover letter is not advised.

  10. David says:

    Hello,
    8 months ago I send mi CV and a few months later a recruiter call me and he interviewed me, after that I didn´t know nothing about that interview, I hoped at least an e-mail notification saying “you are not considered for the company” or something like that, but I did not receive anything, I would like to know if I have chance for apply in your company again, because a few weeks ago I did apply two times for the same type of job, and in this time nothing happened, I´m very sad right know because, I wanted a new chance, the first time I was very nervous, and I know that my english is not very good, but I know I´m very capable, I don´t know if you consider me again, this is my great doubt, that´s all, and thanks for your time!

  11. Kaushik says:

    i’m doing my B.tech in computer science engineering 4th year right now from ICFAI University, Tripura, India. I wish to apply for a 6months period internship in INTEL. Can u help me out with the application and necesary qualifications??

  12. I think it really important to get someone else to review your resume. It may look good to you because you spent a lot of work on it. But some else could offer your tips on how to improve it. The more you improve it the better chance you have got of getting an interview.

  13. Cam Chi - Intel Vietnam says:

    That such information is very useful for me to find posible job. I ever experienced many jobs in some different fields so I wonder that whether i have to declare all on resume even though it’s not necessary and will last for short time. I think it’s not a lie cause there is no need to show up. Please help to give me advice on this..

  14. Sejal says:

    Hi Cam Chi, if the job/experience is relevant to the job you are applying for, I would include it. I would also include it if it would help you stand out as a candidate or demonstrate a skill that the opening looks for. For example, I included an event-planning internship on a resume for a job that wanted a candidate that was detail-oriented because the internship/job experience supported that skill. Hope that helps!

  15. CamChi - Intel Vietnam says:

    Hi Sejal, Thanks so much for your advice. I would love to this kind of job: event – planning. When I was a student, I had ever experienced many jobs but not relevant to Technology cause I graduated from Transport of University. I had ever been an intership in forwarders and joined some activities at local area to learn and deverlop my skills

  16. Cam Chi - Intel Corporation says:

    hi there..i would like to get one experienced peer to correct my CV ^^ i know it’s so important to get recruiter’s points.