Resume Rules You Shouldn’t Break

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So you’re in the market for a new job and writing up your resume is the next step. You’ve Googled tips on how to make yours the best, but you don’t like some of the suggestions you’ve found so you decide to make your resume your own.

Well stop it! Here are some rules you need to stop breaking, according to Forbes:

First up, keep your resume simple 
Don’t make a really complicated resume with too many colors and quirky descriptions for your previous jobs. The last thing a recruiter wants to do is try to figure out what you’re trying to do or say. If they can’t understand your resume, it’s going out the window. Even if you’re in the creative field, reel in that creativity and if you’re going for a corporate job, make it even simpler.

Next tip, remove all the jargon 
This tip is often ignored. Dumb down your resume to make it clear what you’re trying to say. Don’t muddle up your resume with over-complicated descriptions and wordage. Save the industry lingo for the interview and keep your resume concise.

Another tip, tailor your resume to every job for which you apply 
Yes, this can be a tedious process but most recruiters don’t read your cover letter; all they're going to read is your resume. So make sure you use the words they use in their job descriptions on your resume. If they say PR experience, don’t write “assisted with public relations,” actually write “PR experience.”

Lastly, use simple but powerful language to describe your previous roles
Make sure you use action verbs. You’re trying to convince someone you’re the person for the job. So instead of writing “worked with team to complete a project,” change it to “designed new process with marketing team to increase sales.”

It might be difficult to go back and rework your resume after spending all that time writing it, but follow these tips and you’re one step closer to that dream job.