Tips for writing a great resume
Determine your job search objective prior to writing the resume. Once you have determined an objective you can structure your resume around that objective.
- Think of your resume as a marketing tool. Market yourself through your resume. Why should a company hire you?
- Use your resume to obtain an interview, not a job. You want to generate enough interest to be called in for an interview. Use the interview to provide a more detailed explanation of your accomplishments.
- Use bulleted sentences. Resumes are read quickly. Bullets make it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume and still absorb it.
- Lead with your strengths. Put strengths first where they are more apt to be read.
- Accent the positives. Focus on job duties that support your objective.
- Use action words. Action words cause your resume to pop. For example, prepared, developed, monitored, and presented.
- Use #'s, $'s and %'s. Numbers, dollars, and percentages stand out in the body of a resume.
- Construct your resume to read easily. Remember, resumes are reviewed quickly. Help the reader to scan your resume efficiently and effectively.
- Have someone else read your resume. They may help you discover items you left off your resume.