What is my clear job target?
- General resumes don’t work, so nail down what you want to do and be as specific as possible.
What is my unique skill set?
- Work to identify your unique strengths in relation to the job you are applying for.
- Demonstrate your abilities with quantifiable examples of success instead of basic job details.
- Example: “Provided on the job training for team members,” Instead: “Trained two new employed to do X & Y, as a result, the team did/contributed to X & Y”
Professional or industry keywords are required.
- Use action verbs
- Use the company website for keyword guidance
- Incorporate some words from the job description
- Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics or O*NET online to get more info on keywords
State current duties in the present tense and past duties as past tense
- Managing the information and referral process
- Managed the information and referral process
Length of your resume
- Make it one page if you can
- You only need to go back 10 years
- If you need to do 2 pages, make sure you have at least one page and ¾ quarters of the next page filled.
- Don’t have one page and a few lines on the next page
- If you are adding experience that is more than 10 years old, it must be related to the position you are applying for
References furnished upon request
- This statement does not need to be at the end of your resume
- You will be required to give references regardless
Clean up spelling and grammar
- If there are spelling and grammar mistakes, your chances of being called in for an interview will be slim.
Too much information
- Less is more
- You don’t want to overwhelm the reader of your resume, you want to grab their attention so that they will call you in for an interview.
- Employers aren’t interested in reading what you were responsible for in every job. They need proof of the abilities you can claim to possess.