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Resume Advice

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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.  
Judy Jones

Judy is a certified Career Facilitator. She has worked with many patrons over the past four years assisting them in writing effective resumes and cover letters. She has guided individuals through the online job application process and has helped them register for Ohio Means Jobs. If you need assistance or would like to send her your resume for review, please email her at jjjones@libraryvisit.org. If you would like to call her to book an appointment, please call 330-744-8636. Judy in also an avid Anglophile! She likes to read British History, fiction and non-fiction, likes to watch TV shows and movies related to British History and often likes to pick at the historical accuracy of such shows.