Please don’t put your physical address on top of the resume. It has a very little significance. It is wasting valuable space on the first page. Put it at the end IF you must.
You have no right to put other company’s logos on your resume. Are you promoting your skills or the company whose logo you are advertising on your resume? Looks completely unethical and unprofessional. more...
“Professional Profile”? Just say “Profile”. Unless you also have an un-professional profile too.
Too many, unrelated, areas of work. Not believable.
Look at your resume from two view points: "Resume Style" and "Resume Content".
Resume Style refers to:
Layout of the document: i.e. physical arrangement or placement of information on the page. See the layout in the link for "decent looking resume" below. Notice how the first page is full of information, yet it is neatly spaced out to avoid confusion. Also, the available space is used to the maximum extent.
Fonts used: Don't use too many fonts. Actually, it's better to just use one font face throughout the resume. Vary the font size, to emphasize, but not the font face.
Avoid bold and underlined text. The more modern way (tablet / phone era) to emphasize is to use a larger font size instead.
Use colors used to highlight headings. Stick to 1 or 2 colors at the most throughout the resume besides the black color for the bulk of the text.
Avoid highlighting specific words or phrases inside paragraphs, with a different color, as this is just a distraction.
Don't color the background of paragraphs. Don't use paragraph or page borders. Don't use horizontal lines to separate paragraphs, sections or text.
Don't justify paragraph text. That is for printed documents. Remember that your resume will most likely never be printed. It will be viewed on a desktop screen, tablet or mobile phone. Big gaps between words for justification don't look good.
Resume Content refers to:
The main headings that constitute the resume. In the sample "decent" looking resume the basic headings are:
Top 10 strengths
IT Knowledge (or Software Knowledge)
Resumes for the Middle East do require more, such as:
Personal Information (Age, Religion, Nationality, Marital Status, Passport Information, Middle East visa status if any).
Don't take shortcuts. Explain the work you have performed in detail, but in point form so its easier to read. If you are enjoying writing your resume, explaining what work you have done, you are on the right track. But if you are hating writing it, and writing only because it's need to get a job, you will write a bad resume. It will reflect in the number of interviews you get and the salary you will be offered.
Forget the old thinking of shrinking your work experience, expertise, and education into as few pages as possible. Some people will advise to you make your resume as brief as possible ("it has to fit into 2 pages").
But with the advent of scrollable touch devices, tablets etc, this sort of thinking is outdated now. Pages refer to printed media. And nobody prints resumes any more. Make your resume long. Show that you have a lot of experience. Not just 2 pages worth. Show that because of your extensive work experience you are better than the rest, and deserve a good salary if hired.
We have seen people with 20 years of experience write a 2 page resume. What results do expect from that? Who knows what you've really been doing for 20 years if you can condense it into 2 pages. And if you asked me to describe by day's activity for yesterday, I could easily fill 2 pages just with that.
So do justice to your resume. Put all the information you can on it, to get selected, get a top level salary and command the kind of job you want.
If you use abbreviations, expand them in parenthesis such as CBOT (Chicago Board of Trade). Everybody doesn't know all the abbreviations.
State facts. Not opinions. Don't say "I became an expert at operating the lathe machine", or "I have expertise in Oracle databases". That is not a fact. It is an opinion. You are making a judgment of your expertise by yourself. It's useless, nobody will believe it. But instead if you say "I work for 4 hours each day on a lathe machine", or "I designed and now maintain a database of 2 million records for the department of human resources", and leave it at that, the reader will be able to judge whether you are an expert or not, for his needs, based on that amount of exposure.
Writing long paragraphs is a not acceptable. Nobody now-a-days has time to read long paragraphs and assimilate all the information. Just put everything in point form. It's easier to scroll your resume on a tablet which is in point form and review it, than reading an extremely long boring paragraphs on a screen.
Talk about yourself. Not your company. Many people boast about the company they work for. "They have 15 offices". "They do 15 million dollars in business". Who cares? Unless of course you are responsible generating that 15 million dollars of business.