The suggestion list contain things that should or should not be done to either to avoid legal implications or to avoid common annoyances that recruiters or hiring managers encounter.
These are just opinion, but are real suggestions heard commonly from technical recruiters.
- Format your resume nicely using bullets and a minimum number of fonts. You can use a resume template but it isn't required.
- Include your address (location) and ALL relevant contact information including phone numbers and email addresses.
- Assume that the reviewer will be looking at several dozen resumes that might look very similar.
- Assume your resume will be cataloged and searched electronically before a human sees it.
- Include a summary of your experience in a short paragraph form.
- Include a list of your educational experience including dates, institutions, majors, degrees, and any certifications received.
- Include a list of awards or professional recognitions you have received along with dates.
- Include a list of technologies with which you have had experience.
- Include your detailed job history that includes companies, dates, job titles, and responsibilities including technologies used.
- Pay attention to the years of experience required. Make sure your resume includes a job history to at least encompass that length of history. You should list your other previous IT jobs but do not add as much detail on the responsibilities for the older ones and spend more resume "real estate" on the more recent ones.
- Remember that the first person to see your resume may not be the actual hiring manager so tailor your resume to the job you are seeking by reviewing the job description and requirements and emphasizing in your resume those areas you have had experience with. Make sure that you use the same terminology for the technologies on your resumes as the technologies listed in the job description
- Keep your resume to a minimum of 1 whole page, and typically no more than 4 pages. However, more important than resume length is relevancy. "Fluff" makes a longer resume but not a more impressive one.
- Worry about writing an elaborate cover letter. A good summary paragraph will usually suffice.
- Be dishonest about the technologies you truly know. If you are just a beginner in that technology, show that on your resume.
- List the date of your high school graduation.
- Include your photo or one of your family.
- List any personal demographics such as marital status, family size, height, weight, or age.
- List any confidential information such as social security number, account numbers, or trade secrets.
- Assume that submitting a resume will guarantee you an interview.
- Include personal things that are not relevant to the job including hobbies, interests, and life goals.
- Worry about writing "References available upon request" Companies WILL ask for them when they need them.
- Forget that your resume is your first impression, so make it count.