Do you find it hard to write a resume? You’re not alone. Resumes can be painful to write, especially if your work history doesn’t have a list of incredible achievements. But while resume writing may be difficult, it is also something you CAN do without help. The following are several myths of resume writing and our quick tips to make writing a resume easier for you.
- Myth 1: “Hard Worker” Means Something
It starts off with a common myth – that there are certain phrases that you absolutely must have in your resume. Examples include “Hard Worker,” and “Good Communication Skills.” There are applicants that go out of their way to find a place to put “Excellent Written and Oral Communication Skills” as though a hiring manager is looking for them.
The reality is that these are clichés. An employer doesn’t care if you say you’re a hard worker. The employer wants proof. Achievements, knowledge, and experience are what prove you are what you say you are. The rest are simply meaningless words. Resume tip – Download our FREE eBook – Resume Cliches to Avoid.
- Myth 2: There is Only One Way to Write a Resume
How many of you hate the objective statement? Well, don’t put one in. Use a “Professional Summary” instead. Does a “Skills” section seem silly to you? That’s fine, if it doesn’t work for you don’t use it. You don’t need to put it on your resume anymore.
There are right ways and wrong ways to create resumes, but there isn’t only one way. Look at some other examples of resume styles and see which one best suits your accomplishments then check our post – How to Proofread Your Resume.
- Myth 3: Every Job Matters
“Let’s see… you were an investment banker, you owned your own multimillion dollar company, and you were a cashier during college. You’re hired!” There is a tendency to list any job on your resume that seems like it may have relevance. But in truth, only your last job (and maybe the one before that) matter. Unless there is an indisputable reason to put your 3rd, 4th, and 5th jobs on your resume, leave them off. See our post on – How to Put Only The best Information on Your Resume.
- Myth 4: You Have No Achievements
Another myth is that you have no achievements to write about. If you have any work history, chances are you have some achievements. How fast did you enter data into a computer? How many times were you awarded employee of the month? Did you ever complete any projects that are well known? There are always achievements if you look for them, and if you can find out what they are you’ll really impress an employer. See our post – How to Highlight Successes on Your Resume.
- Myth 5: One Resume is Good Enough
Many people write one resume and call it a day, spamming every employer with their information. But those applicants that take the time to alter their resume for each position so that they can address every need of the job are going to get more calls. You can use a resume as a template, but don’t forget to tailor each resume to the job you’re applying for. See our post – 5 Amazing Resume Design Tips.
Resume Writing is an Art
Resume writing is hard, and it’s okay to seek the help of others. But the most important thing when you write any resume is:
- Does the employer care?
- Can I prove it?
The more substance you have in your resume, and the more specific it is to you, the more likely you are to get calls. You don’t need to create award winning resumes, but if you stay away from the above myths you’ll improve your odds of receiving a call for an interview.
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