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10 Commandments of Resumes 

Sunday, July 6th [updated]

​Natasha Aguirre, Owner

​1. Thou shalt not Bold ALL
Bolding is great for headers like company and job title, but if everything is in bold, you're just yelling at me, and I don't appreciate it

2. Thou shalt not use multiple colors.
Annoyingandtacky, don't do it

3. Thou shalt not use tables

A lot of templates come in tables, they're nearly impossible to edit or change formatting and usually waste a ton of free space on a resume
They frustrate recruiters to no end.

​4. Thou shalt not include a picture
Profiles, headshots, watermarks, anything, don't do it.  It's tacky, unnecessary, and recruiters will laugh at you.

​5. Thou shall restrain from stating the obvious
"References available upon request"; "looking to use my skills to benefit your company". two words: NO DUH

6. Thou shalt not use meaningless buzzwords
detail oriented, hard worker, team player... these phrases don't mean anything significant on their own and are on almost every resume.  Instead, explain what you do to show these characteristics.  Do you mentor new employees, manage several tasks, volunteer for ad hoc projects?  Put these things on your resume instead.

7. Thou shalt not bear false witness
Do not, under any circumstance, lie on your resume.  It can, and eventually will be found out. Plus it's just bad karma

Our Story: 

​Natasha and Nate worked together as recruiters in Los Angeles before running Inside Recruiter, LLC. As a recruiter, it became very apparent that even the most qualified candidates did not necessarily know how to best represent themselves. Inside Recruiter was founded in 2013 to increase client’s chances of getting their dream job by helping them edit their resumes and LinkedIn profiles as well as conduct mock interviews.

Today, Inside Recruiter has grown to a team of expert consultants who help entry level, experienced professionals, managers, and executives across a wide variety of industries including entertainment, accounting, information technology, legal, sales, and marketing. Over the years, the Inside Recruiter team have successfully helped clients obtain new roles at companies like Google, Hulu, Time Warner Cable, Lionsgate, and Kaiser Permanente to name a few.

8. Thou shalt use bullet points

  • Paragraphs are hard to skim through
  • Recruiters won't take the time to read through everything.  
  • Change your formatting to bullet points so your skills and accomplishments can shine

9. Thou shalt review thy resume for spelling and grammatical errors
The fastest way to be rejected is to have tons of spelling and grammatical errors on your resume.  Your resume is your first impression with a company, and if you don't care enough to proofread it, you're probably not going to care enough to be accurate on the job, so I'll pass.

10. Thou shalt not over spend on a resume service
I got into the resume writing business because I found out that resume writers can charge as much as $700 per resume.  I find it outrageous to charge people who are looking for jobs such high prices. If you're looking for help with your resume please let us know by going to www.insiderecruiter.com or by emailing us any questions which we will be happy to answer for free at: info@insiderecruiter.com.

Do you have other resume commandments or completely disagree with one of mine?  Let me know in the comments!