The idea of a Microsoft Word resume template is an interesting one – There’s no single ‘right’ way to write your resume, but there sure as hell are lots of ways to get it wrong! Some of the most common mistakes are:
· Spelling mistakes
· Far too much text
· Too generic
I’ve done enough recruitment to tell you that if you make either of the first two mistakes your resume will go in the bin before anyone even reads it properly. In the current economic climate there is a huge amount of competition for every vacancy - Whoever is short listing applicants will look for the easiest way to cut down their pile of resumes and obvious mistakes will be the first to go.
I’ve included some example text which you’re welcome to use however you like. It’s really important that your resume stays under 2 pages in length – That way when you print it out its on 2 sides of a single sheet of paper. If you have a long list of qualifications or previous jobs just list the most recent 3-4 in full. For older jobs or qualifications just give an overall date range and then list the levels of qualification/employers.
This isn’t intended to be the ultimate guide to writing a resume, but here are a few things you should consider when writing yours:
· Don’t make silly errors! Use spell checker and ask a friend to read your resume through before you send it off.
· Don’t use a single generic resume for every job. Write your resume with a particular type of job in mind, and if you apply for something completely different write a new version. Your personal statement and key achievements should be based on the type of job you’re applying for.
· Keep it under 2 pages long, and use double sided printing so that your resume is only 1 sheet of paper.
· Keep your language formal – Don’t use slang words and make sure your email address is sensible. Using Funky_kitty_86@hotmail.com might cause your resume to be thrown out before its read!
I hope you’ll find this Microsoft Word resume template useful – If you haven’t found what you’re looking for please feel free to leave me some feedback using the form below.