As someone who spends a lot of time writing resumes for clients, there are a few basic principles that I’ve learned over the years.

I tell clients all of the time that job-hunting is like fishing.  You can’t always guarantee that you’ll catch something, but there are a few things that you can do to consistently increase your chances of success.

There are some common mistakes that I’ve seen and a few simple adjustments can make a massive difference to your job-hunting efforts.

So, here are my 10 commandments of resumes…

  1. Thou shalt not enter thy date of birth
  2. Thou shalt not enter thy marital status, country of origin or any other personal information that’s not relevant to your application
  3. Thou shalt not have a resume that’s longer than three pages
  4. Thou shalt not have spelling errors
  5. Thou shalt not waste space with irrelevant hobbies and interests
  6. Thou shalt not have unexplained gaps in your working history
  7. Thou shalt use dot points, not paragraphs
  8. Thou shalt sell thyself
  9. Thou shalt be honest
  10. Thou shalt not rely solely on thy resume to find work, but also develop excellent interview skills, a helpful on-line presence and an excellent personal network

They’re some of the commandments that we operate with to maximise our clients’ chances of success.

The punishment for not following these commandments?

Either a long time spent unemployed or the bulk of your career spent in a deadend job because you can’t get anything better.

Sounds like hell to me!

Do you have any other principles of resumes that you would like to add?

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