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Tips to write a Good Resume

Updated on October 18, 2015


A resume is generally called as curriculum vitae or CV. It is regarded as an important and credible review of a person’s educational qualifications for seeking employment. No standard plan or format is needed for a resume. It provides an insight to the reader about a person’s asset in an organization. Hence, a resume needs to be:

  • Tidy
  • Have real and appropriate information
  • Self description
  • Clearly mention your capability for the job
  • Latest and up-to-date details

Resumes must be drafted keeping the reader in mind and therefore, it needs to be planned well, drafted properly and then later revised before you submit it. You should consider your resume as a progressive work which needs to be revised and improved time and again. You may be asked to submit your resume at any point of time and so it’s best to polish it and mention your best abilities and skills in it.

Types of Resumes

Chronological Resume: These resumes provide a brief summary of the candidate’s timeline. It begins with description of the recent events and then describing them in reverse chronicle. It lays importance on the job headings, dates and the degrees of the candidate. This kind of a resume shows a stable growth up to the present time.

Skills Resume: These kinds of resume pays importance to the skills and the competencies that the candidate holds and used instead of the job details and the dates of using those skills. This resume is usually made when the candidate changes his job quite often or when his educational qualifications and experience do not match the post for which he is presently applied for.

Do’s and Don't’s in your Resume

  • It must not lengthy and must not be more than two pages usually.
  • CV must be factual and accurate.
  • The first page must hold sufficient personal information for a recruitment consultant or a prospective employer to easily communicate with you.
  • Select a plan which pays importance to key skills, competencies and achievements or qualities.
  • Description of your employment starting with your present job and then in reverse order.
  • Mention all the important qualifications.
  • Negative and unimportant information must not be mentioned.
  • Any training or development skills and its relevant details must be included.
  • Personal details must be included.
  • Good quality paper must be used for the resume.
  • Use always a type size which is more than 11pt.
  • Times New Roman or Arial typefaces must be used.
  • The CV must be cautiously typed without any spelling errors.
  • Bulleted paragraphs must be used as it saves space and makes the CV valuable.
  • Recent achievements must be highlighted including the relevant post the candidate is presently seeking.
  • Items must be concisely and parallel mentioned.
  • A cover letter must be together submitted with the resume in order to give a clear picture and benefit the readers.
  • Any references must be mentioned in the resume, preferably three to five will do. One lecturer and one employer must be mentioned at least.
  • The key points of a resume must be listed under proper headings and they can be listed vertically with accurate details.


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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great tips for creating a resume especially making sure there are no errors and making the information easy to read. I am looking for a part time job and found this useful. Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good one you have mentioned excellent points thanks