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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 

  • Example: 
    • 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.