Today, I will tell you 3 tricks to the declaration in resume. Three changes, that’s all!
If you follow them, they are sure to get you
- hundreds of positive impressions
- instant appreciation and
- a prominent edge during the interview.
Too good to be true, right?
Don’t forget this is the only place in a resume that advertises your honesty.
Anyway, let’s begin!
- What is declaration in a resume
- How to write a declaration in resume
- When to add a Declaration in resume?
- Declaration in resume examples
1. What is “declaration in resume”
A resume is a place to showcase your
- track record,
- skill and
You pour in a lot of facts about yourself.
A declaration is that section of the resume where you certify those facts to be true.
A classic example would be an authoritative statement like;
“I hereby declare that all the information furnished above is true to the best of my belief.”
These statements are universally put at the end of resumes as declarations.
We all underestimate its value.
But a little creativity can make a considerable difference in how your resume performs.
Here is why and how!
2. How to write a declaration in resume
First, there is an age-old practice, and then there is a better way.
We will discuss the common practice first and then find out the demerits.
2.1 The standard way of writing declarations
An average candidate;
a) writes a simple and straightforward declaration, like
“I hereby declare that the above particulars of facts and information stated are true, correct and complete to the best of my belief and knowledge.”
b) leaves the declaration for the bottom; more like a prelude to the end.
Only your signature comes after it.
Here is how it looks.
It is clean, precise and a universally available format.
You will find this format all over the internet.
You can easily download, edit and add to your resume.
This is what everybody follows, and this is where the problem lies.
This old school method has two main limitations;
- You can not stand out with a format that everybody follows. Your resume will never earn that “special” attention.
- There are better ways of adding declarations.
2.2 Why write the declaration differently
Before bringing the “better way” in, let me tell you what a recruiter seeks from you.
A recruiter looks for a candidate who is
- skillful and
Whereas you write an entire resume showcasing your skills and hard work, honesty is neglected most of the time.
But don’t forget that honesty is a natural demand.
Let us look into a real-life example where we play the employer’s role!
Think of your domestic help.
What if she/ he is dishonest? Will you ever continue with her?
Because it is so natural for you to safeguard your possessions, you must protect them from the hands of a dishonest man.
The same principle applies in business too.
When you join an office, you get access to many priceless resources. The last thing an employer will want is a dishonest person availing them.
Honesty is that important!
It comes on top of the priority.
But unfortunately, there is hardly any section in a resume that showcases your honesty.
AND THIS IS WHERE A DECLARATION CAN PLAY A MAJOR ROLE.
A thoughtfully placed declaration displays how much you value honesty.
2.3 How to correctly write a declaration in resume
There are three straightforward rules
- Put the declaration on top of your resume.
Trust me; this will have an impact you never imagined.
This way, you can easily
- “stand out” from others
- establish your authority from the beginning and
- convey your respect for honesty.
A good recruiter will never fail to notice it.
We experimented earlier with this trick, and the result never failed to amaze us.
You should follow this too.
2. An ideal declaration should have two major parts, like
- statement of the truth and
- the reference.
Let us look into the following declaration in a resume;
“All the information provided in this resume is true to the best of my knowledge and belief”
- The first part (“All the information provided in this resume is true”) declares the truth and
- the second part (to the best of my knowledge and belief) brings in the reference systems, which are “knowledge” and “belief” in this case.
Make sure that both parts are present.
3. Put recommendations & LinkedIn profile link just after the declaration in resume.
Your resume should have a separate recommendation section.
Preferable after the declaration in the beginning.
“why”? Let us figure it out.
For that, we need to think like a recruiter.
For a recruiter, the primary objective is to minimize the risk.
A bad employee will result in a loss of time & money. Parallelly, he can ruin the organization culture. There are too many risks associated with poor employee selection.
It is an obvious choice.
But does he do that?
Once again, we must look at how YOU minimize YOUR risk.
It’s time to bring the housemaid example again.
How do you recruit her?
Isn’t it based on recommendations from your neighbours or relatives or friends or people who you believe?
Every time we recruit a domestic help, he/ she is introduced by someone close to us.
We are social animals. We need reliable references before we take our decision.
We look for examples where something has worked for somebody.
References, we believe, are our best chance for a minimized risk.
For minimization of risk, a recruiter always looks for references and recommendations in the resume.
Resumes with recommendations from prominent industry figures serve as the basis of risk minimization for a recruiter.
LinkedIn has a fantastic feature that allows others to endorse your skill. You can grow your recommendation base quite easily there.
Recommendations right after the declaration are bound to increase your authority manifolds right from the start.
It is a must to differentiate yourself from others.
3. When to add a Declaration in resume?
The common idea is to add a declaration only when necessary, like
- while sharing a resume with a very formal company with ancient culture
- while applying for a position under the govt/ educational institute
- while applying for jobs in a foreign country
But if you want the killer impact that we are discussing here, you must keep it in every resume you ever share with anyone.
Start your resume with the declaration, structure it properly and put recommendations just immediately after.
- establish your authority from the start
- show how much you value honesty and
- minimize the risk for the recruiter.
Your initial job is done.
Now, you are free to go with the rest of the resume.
4. Declaration in resume examples
Here is a recommended example for declaration in resume
Here are some further examples for a declaration text;
I solemnly declare that the information furnished in the following is free from errors to the best of my knowledge and belief.
“I hereby declare that all the details mentioned here are in accordance with the truth and fact as per my knowledge and I hold the responsibility for the correctness of the above-mentioned particulars.”
“I hereby confirm and verify all the facts mentioned here and I hold the responsibility of their authenticity and correctness.”
“I sincerely proclaim that all of the below-mentioned information is true to my belief and I am responsible for its accuracy.“
“I declare that the information in this resume is true to the best of my knowledge and that I will be responsible for any deviation from the truth of these facts.“
Feel free to replace the text in the photo with any of the above.
4.1 Format/ Template for Declaration in resume
Click here to download the format in the photo.
It is an editable word document that you can use as a template.
To conclude, you must
- Place the declaration on top of your resume
- Structure your declaration properly and
- put recommendations and LinkedIn profile link just beneath the message.
It will get you results you never imagined.
With this, we shall conclude this article on declaration in resume.
Thanks for being so long. Post comments if you have any doubt too.
Stay tuned! I wish you all the best!