So you’re ready to start your job search! The first thing that everyone does is put together a resume to send to potential employers or recruiters. Great! After submitting your resume to several places, you wait… and receive no response. Not so great. What a lot of people don’t realize is that writing and putting together a resume is an art form. It has been said that a hiring manager will decide if you are worth calling within the first few seconds of scanning your resume. With that being said, you can’t just spill all of the tasks you completed on a daily basis down onto your paper. You have to add some results and numbers to your jobs and what you achieved to make it more attractive!
We’ve compiled a list of Resume ”DO-s and Don’t-s” for you to review and make your resume stronger!
- Try and keep your resume under 2 pages. Usually if your resume is longer than 2 pages, it may get overlooked and tossed.
- Ensure that your fonts and font sizes are all the same! Formatting is key and shows attention to detail!
- Make sure that your facts are bulleted. It is much easier on the eyes than reading through paragraphs for each description.
- Keep up to 10 years of work history and remove anything past that. You can keep a running “master resume” with all of your jobs, but only use that if a job requires your ENTIRE history, not your most recent.
- Lead your bullets with action words. You can research a lot of power verbs and synonyms to find the perfect word! i.e. Successfully Implemented, Managed, Allocated, Analyzed, Conserved, Reduced/Saved, Processed, Collaborated, Trained, etc.
- List your education and skill set at the top of your resume! Don’t leave the important information at the bottom which often gets overlooked.
- Make sure that you list which city and state you worked in for each job. This information is expected and useful to determine if you are willing to travel to a job location and won’t get burned out from potential commuting.
- Review Your Job Titles! Sometimes job titles are obscure or don’t really specify what you’re doing…beware of generic titles like “Staff Specialist” or “Generalist” or “Analyst”. Better Titles would include “Staff Accountant,” “Financial Analyst” and “HR Generalist.”
- Make sure that your jobs are in reverse chronological order (with your most recent at the top).
- Quantify whenever possible! Potential employers like to see numbers; it gives them an idea of how much volume you can handle!! i.e Successfully Processed 300+ invoices for payment each week.
- If you played sports in college, list those! Hiring Managers often view athletes as driven, competitive, and focused…often times those skills translate extremely well in the work place! Use those sports playing days to your advantage!
- Spell check, spell check, and spell check again! If you have errors on your resume it is a big sign of sloppiness! Don’t always rely on your program’s spell check either… sometimes they tend to overlook important grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Research and read up on how to create a resume. There are plenty of resources online that are free and there to help you! Some websites even have sample resumes for different career fields also.
Stay tuned for part 2, 10 Things that will land your Resume in the Recycle Bin, coming out tomorrow!