5 for Friday: Resume Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to creating a resume, there are lots of things you need to keep in mind, including style, format, content and cohesion. With so much to consider, feeling good about your resume can be difficult, but you can do it. This week’s 5 for Friday provides articles with insights and information on resume do’s and don'ts to help you stay on track and feel good about your resume.
  • 4 Reasons Your Resume is Thrown in the Trash (And How to Pull It Out). U.S. News & World Report: “Before the stresses of interviewing begins, job candidates must first endure something arguably more insidious…the application process. Unfortunately, applying often turns out to be nothing more than busy work. And while enduring the frustration is sometimes necessary to eventually get promising employment leads, it still sucks to spend hours designing a resume, crafting a cover letter and answering supplementary questions without getting closure.”
  • Is Your Resume a Mixed Bag? How to Tie It All Together. CNN Money: “A patchwork of unrelated jobs can be a tough sell to prospective employers.The key is to figure out what it is that you want to do now and then tailor your resume accordingly. ‘Once you've set a clear goal for your next move, getting there becomes much easier,’ [says Robert Hellmann, a New York City career coach]. That's because ‘your resume and cover letter do not have to be a literal description of every job you've ever had. Instead, focus on what you can do for each prospective employer and emphasize only the aspects of your experience that are directly relevant.’”
  • When Should You Lie on Your Resume? Lifehacker: “When it comes to resumes, and many other things, you can't look at every statement as black and white. You never want to outright lie on your resume, but you do want to paint the best picture of yourself. This sometimes means leaving out certain information or finding the right angle for your experience.”
  • Resume Advice for the Recent Grad. The Huffington Post: “Craft a strong resume that says you're ready for the workforce. Here are seven tips to help you send the right message to prospective employers with your resume including advice on how to ditch the objective statement, include relevant buzzwords, and how to play up your strengths.”
  • What is a CV (Curriculum Vitae)? BusinessNewsDaily: “Within the United States, resumes are the standard form of documentation to display your professional and educational history. However, in some academic circles and internationally, the curriculum vitae (CV) is the standard for job applications. The objective behind a CV remains the same as the resume, but the appearance of the document is noticeably different, enough so that submitting a resume when a CV is requested can destroy an individual’s chance of being called for an interview.”
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