The purpose of a resume is to advertise yourself effectively enough to win an interview. Here are some tips on writing a resume that can help you win.
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- Consider the advantages of resume software or a resume writing service.
- Customize your resume to every job for which you apply. Don’t count on a generic resume to work in all situations.
- Use a resume format that will make your resume easy to be scanned. Use plain text whenever possible.
- Find out as much as you can about the position you are applying for, then create a headline that describes you and matches the specific position’s responsibilities as closely as possible. But don't include untrue or exaggerated statements.
- Use keywords that are relevant to the industry in which the job position operates.
- Use bullet points to make your resume easy for a person to read.
- Emphasize skills that are transferable, especially if you are changing careers.
- List accomplishments and awards. Employers are interested in what you have done well, not just your previous job responsibilities. Use specific numbers and concrete examples to validate your accomplishments.
- List organized sports in which you have participated. This indicates that you are willing to be competitive, to work as a team, to develop leadership skills, and to work hard even when it is not easy.
- Provide current and accurate contact information. If recruiters have a hard time contacting you, they may pass you by rather than make the effort to track you down.
- Keep your resume as concise as possible. One page is ideal, but for some positions, longer can be OK. Remember – the resume is to get an interview, not to tell your life story.
- Always include a cover letter with your resume. The only time you would not is if the employer specifically requests otherwise.
- Proofread carefully for misspellings and typing errors. Nothing says Bozo faster than an obvious blunder on a resume.