When writing your resume you want to keep in mind that there are things that need to be there and things that should not be there. I have said before, every time you apply for a job, you need to tailor your resume to the job description. Carefully review your resume. Recruiters are most interested in seeing that you have the skill set that is required for the position. You can achieve this by using the terminology in the job description on your resume. Then they will look for the achievements in past positions. Things such as “Employee of the Month” or how you saved the company money or increased revenue. These show that you can add value to the company and have a good work ethic. Next you want to make sure that you have a presentable resume. No spelling errors, incorrect terminology, make sure to use correct English etc. A polished resume show that you take pride in the work that you do. A sloppy, quickly put together resume tells the recruiter that you really do not have an interest in the position, whether you do or not.
Many times I am reviewing resumes that include information I really do not care to know about and in some cases, should never be there. Let’s start with the obvious, do not tell your life story. The recruiter does not have time to read it and it is not relevant to the position. For your own protection, you resume should not contain any of the protected grounds in the Human Rights code, race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income and sexual orientation. Please do not put a picture of yourself on your resume. I know that in some countries it is part of the CV, but in Canada it is not. If you do not have the experience required in the position, but still want to apply, focus on your education or transferable skills. Demonstrate how one of your transferrable skills can fit with a required skill.
It is very important that you always tell the truth on your resume. Should you get hired for the position and the employer finds out that you lied on your resume, it could be grounds for dismissal. You do not need to look to far to see that happen. Just do a google search. One of the most public cases recently was the CEO of Yahoo, who was terminated for lying on his resume.
What you put on your resume is just as important as what you do not include. Make sure that your resume presents you in a manner that will show you as a capable individual.