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what to add to your resume

Resume Essentials that Should Be Added To Your Resume

No one likes a resume that is weak and boring and just like any other. This is mainly due to the reason that they are written in a lame language that is formal and dry. Hence it takes away the power from the resume.

Each person is unique. Hence the resume has to bring out that amazing person to you. In order to get the power into the resume, it is important to replace the boring with an actual human voice. This would require adding certain things to a resume, which have been detailed here:

What To Add To you Resume:

  1. Add A Link To Your LinkedIn Profile. The first one will be the link to your profile on a website such as LinkedIn. It may be added to the resume or even includes in the signature line of the email messages. This way the interviewers can click on that link to know more about your professional life and network.
  2. Add A Title To Your Resume. Next, people tend to ignore the job title in the resume, which is at the top of your Summary. This is because they assume that the interviewer already knows which job position has been applied for. But they fail to realize that typically, many job openings are released at the same time. Besides, the job title also adds to the branding of the resume.
  3. Add Complete Sentences. This means that half sentences will not do. Full sentences are always preferred over sentence fragments. Proper language must be used so that they tell your story in a simple and powerful manner. The resume has to be clear with full sentences. There should not be any jargon on your resume.
  4. Add A Professional Summary.  The summary in the resume should outline what the person wants to do next. It does not detail what the person has already done. It has to reflect on what you would like to do next in your job. It would also mean that the person feels well qualified to take up the next assignment, whether he has done that job previously or not.
  5. Reson for leaving or wanting to leave (if you have a job). It is important to clearly explain why you had left each job previously.
  6. Add Accomplishments. Convey as much about your previous job as possible, without boring the person. Talk about your accomplishments. Do not present all the tasks that you have done and all the duties of your role. This is because you need to give an overview, not the details of your professional life so far.

You must write your resume in your own human voice. This means making it sound distinct and personalized.

What to Remove From Your Resume

  1. A detailed postal address may not really be required. This is because no employer is sending snail mails anymore. Just the city and state name are good enough.
  2. The email address must be professional enough. Have adifferent one for your personal life. Do not confuse it with your professional email id.
  3. Avoid using ambiguous, generalized “team player” and “quick learner” in your summary.
  4. The boring corporate language has to be removed from your resume. This is because it will take away the power from your story.
  5. There is no need to add the starting and ending months of various jobs that you had held in the past. Just give the years as that will be good enough.
  6. While describing the company that you worked for, give your own description of it. Do not pick it up from their website. You need to give your own interpretation of the company.
  7. Remove tasks and duties, stocked shelves helped customers, all of this makes me throw your resume in the trash. List out your accomplishments at your previous jobs instead.
  8. Do not praise yourself unnecessarily. Support your statements with facts. Also, do not overdo on your accomplishments on each job.
  9. Do not make your resume longer than two pages.
  10. Do not talk about jobs you had done 10 years ago, especially if they are irrelevant to the job that you are applying for now. In this way, you become relevant and communicate directly with your employer through your resume. After all, this is the first impression that you are creating and you’re not the only one applying for the role.
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