Resume Writing Tips

A Resume is Your Ticket to an Interview

 

The most important way to break through the competition and land an interview is to have a resume that gets noticed.  Your resume is not a job description it is a ticket to an interview! A resume is a very important tool in your job seeking process.  It can be considered as your first impression with your next possible employer.

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Here are 12 tips to make sure your resume is your ticket to an interview:
  1. Set your job search objective before writing your resume.  If you are targeting different positions, customize your resume to each position.
  2. Use industry buzz words that match the job you're targeting.
  3. Make your resume pop with action power words, like directed, developed and presented.
  4. Design your resume so it is visually appealing and grabs attention.  Use a professional font and 11 or higher in size.  Be sure it reads easily with plenty of bullet points and white space.
  5. Tweak your resume for each job you apply to.
  6. Always have a skills section that lists hardware, software, etc. at the top of your resume.
  7. For each job you list include an environment section immediately following to include the skills you obtained at that position.
  8. Most importantly, list your accomplishments, such as "increased sales by 45%.", “saved company 42%”, “shortened process time by 2 days”. Accomplishments are a hiring differentiator.
  9. Keep your resume concise, 1 to 3 pages is acceptable.
  10. Update your resume regularly
  11. Make sure you ask others to proofread your resume to avoid any type of errors.
  12. Consider getting professional help - it's a small investment that could pay off.

 

The simple structure of your resume:
  1. Contact information.  Include cell phone number.
  2. Job objective.   It should be short, direct and tailored to the specific position and company you are applying for.
  3. Skills.  Very important section on a resume.  List all hardware and software that you have experience using.  Be truthful!
  4. Education.  Only list schools, degrees and certification that you can verify.
  5. Work history.  Start with your most recent work experience and work backward.  Repeat for each position you have had.
  6. List the name of the company you worked for and underline it.
  7. Under the company name put your title.
  8. Across from your title, list the dates that you were in that position.
  9. Under your title give a short job description of what your duties and responsibilities were.
  10. The most important part of your resume is your ACCOMPLISHMENTS!    This is a hiring differentiator and you will stand out from other applicants.
    1. Under each role, list three to five accomplishments.
    2. Accomplishments can be any of the following: tasks you have mastered, how you saved your employer time or money, increased profit, finished ahead of schedule, under budget, any awards you received, any promotions, contests you have won, etc.
  11. For each position, list ENVIRONMENT.  List all the hardware, software, skills that you used in that position.
  12. Finally, References Upon Request.   Be sure to have asked at least 3 references for permission to use them in your job search.  Any awards, performance reviews or recommendations are good to have prepared to send.

 

MAKE YOUR RESUME A WINNING TICKET!

When preparing for a job search always do the following:

  • Ensure that your profile on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites are professional - or set to private.
  • Update your LinkedIn profile and ask colleagues to provide references to endorse you.