How To Make A Resume

Written by Serena Berger
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Certain aspects of crafting a resume are particular to your field. Others can reflect your personal style. There are, however, certain so-called "knockout factors" which will cause most employers to discard your resume immediately. These are what you should bear in mind when you are creating your resume.

Common Problems to Avoid in a Resume

Be careful about including an objective line. If it is incompatible with the employer's perception of a job opening, you will not be considered. Ultimately, it can do you more harm than good to include an objective on a resume you're posting online or in any general forum. Either you have to be so vague and general that it's pointless to have the line, or else you'll be including meaningful content that will exclude you from consideration where you might want to be considered.

Similarly, stating salary requirements can be a problem. If you aren't emphatic about them, don't put them on your general resume, as an employer isn't going to go out of his way to call you to say, "We love you but we can't pay that much--will you reconsider?" The same goes for geographic restrictions. You can certainly put them on your resume if they are deal breakers for you, but don't put something about which you feel half-hearted on your resume because it can easily become a deal breaker for the employer.

Some of the other common problems are too much information, vague information, and (this shouldn't have to be said, and yet it does) dishonest information. The information you list should be clearly organized (don't hesitate to use bullet points), accurate, and relevant. The one exception to this is if you have had a large number of employers in a short time. In that case, do your best to avoid listing them all without being dishonest. The actual list is likely to be a strong deterrent to employers, as they want to find someone reliable who intends to stay in a job for a while. Your resume is not the place to explain the circumstances you think were extenuating leading to your job hopping.


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