Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Resume
A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Joe Arrigo provides a variety of consulting services as owner of Advisr Enterprises. Certified as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner, he provides MBTI consulting for small groups and teams and offers corporate workshops. Joe Arrigo also provides resume consultations that assist clients with resume writing.
The following are a few dos and don’ts of writing resumes:
Do highlight relevant experience.
It’s recommended that you create a new resume for each role you apply for so you can tailor your skills, accomplishments, and experience to that specific job. This focus on including only relevant experience makes it easier for managers to see why you are a great fit for the position.
Don’t use clichés.
Unless phrases like “detail-oriented” or “team player” are keywords for the position you are applying for, leave them out of your resume. Having too many of these clichés doesn’t come across well to the person reading your resume. For a similar reason, limit the use of industry-specific language so anyone can clearly understand what your resume says.
Do keep it concise.
The most effective resumes are short and to the point. Because of this, they are usually only one to two pages in length. Keeping your resume short ensures managers can read your resume quickly and see just what you bring to the table without having to navigate through irrelevant information.
Don’t give reasons for leaving past jobs.
During the interview, it’s possible that you’ll be asked why you stopped working at your previous jobs. However, this information is best left out of your resume. Give only a brief overview of your previous work and leave out unnecessary details about the past.
Outside of his varied professional pursuits, Joe Arrigo enjoys reading and weightlifting, working out four times per week. He also reads upward of 50 books per year and enjoys ping pong, darts, and partaking in political discussion.