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.