Do’s and Dont’s of writing an awesome modern resume

Resume has always been part of our discussion, when it comes to hiring or getting hired. Be it your first job or third or may be the last big job change you are looking for, Resume plays the key role in overall process. In our last article about writing a resume, we had discussed about top 10 stupidity to avoid in a Resume or a CV. We got many emails and Facebook messages, where people told me to write about do’s and dont’s of writing a CV. So here I am, putting some lights on writing a modern resume.

In this era of competition, the way people write or present their resume has changed to a great extent. People are trying their best to impress the hiring authorities or employers. It has become really difficult to stand out of the crowd. Trust me, it becomes really tough when there are thousands of others who are applying for the same job. To stand out of the competition and to stay ahead of the crowd, you need to be the Best in resume writing.

Things you need to include in your resume (The DOs):

the dos of resume writing

  1. a) For HR Managers:
  2. Including proper contact information should be the first priority.
  3. Limit your resume to be short and crisp.
  4. Customize your resume specifically for the position you are applying for.
  5. Use of professional and easily readible fonts is a must.
  6. Give relevant work experience that your employer will be interested in
  7. b) For Sofrwares (Recruitment websites, HR Softwares) & Search Engines

It is very important to make your resume machine readable. HR managers or recruiters use search algorithms in their softwares or websites that looks searches your resume based on the keywords. It becomes very essential to make use of relevant keywords for the job you are applying for.

The Dos for Softwares:

  1. Use relevant keywords in your resume (e.g transcription techniques)
  2. Mention your industry (employers run for industries as well)
  3. Do not forget to mention your qualification correctly
  4. Mention your preferred work Location

Now I am going to talk about the things that you should not do in your resume.

 The Donts:

the donts of resume writing

  • Do not write more than 5 bullet points in any section (ideal is 3-4)
  • Do not make grammatical or typing mistakes
  • Do not mention high school details if you have a college degree
  • Avoid using controversial or funny email ids.
  • You must not use proprietary acronyms or jargon
  • Avoid using personal references in your resume

Some Key points or statistics:


  • 1 in 4 HR managers receive 50 resumes per job listing.
  •  77% of HR managers are looking for relevant experience.
  • 48% of HR managers are looking for specific accomplishments.
  • HR managers look for keywords in resumes.
  • 56% look for the words problem solving.
  • 44% look for the word leadership.
  • 40% look for the words oral/written communication.



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