"Thinking is the hardest work there is,
which is the probable reason so few engage in it."
15 Tips to Resume Writing
- Determine your objective first
- Once you have determined your objective, you can structure the content of your resume around that objective.
- If your resume is onfocused, you will appear onfocused to potential employers.
Think of your resume as a marketing tool
- You are a product and employers are consumers.
- Use your resume like a brochure to present your features and benefits.
Use your resume to obtain an interview, not a job
- Your resume should be concise. It not only represents you, but your writing skills as well (especially for journalism folks like myself).
- Use your resume to gain interest and then go into detail during an interview.
Use bulleted sentences
- Resumes are meant to be read quickly, and bulleted sentences read easier than long sentences.
Use action words
- Action words add life to your resume.
- They can make it stand out.
Use #ís, $ís and %ís
- Numbers, dollars, and percentages stand out in the body of a resume.
- Here are two examples:
- Managed a department of 10 with a budget of $1,000,000.
- Increased sales by 25% in a 15-state territory.
Lead with your strengths
- Resumes are typically read in 30 seconds or less.
- Put your best points at the top to gurantee they're read.
Play match game
- Look for postings that match your strengths.
- Match your bullet points to the job qualifications.
- If there are terms that show your competence in the field, use them.
Accent the positive
- Leave off negative or irrelevant information.
- Focus on information that supports your objective.
Show what you know
- Use your resume to represent the range of your knowledge.
- Wait for an interview to go into detail.
Show who you know
- If you have reported to someone important, say so.
- Reporting to someone important makes you important.
Construct your resume to read easily
- Use white space and use a font size 10 or larger.
- Limit your resume to no more than 2 pages.
Have someone else review your resume
- Unclear items you missed will be brought to your attention.
- Revise your resume so that it is clear to any reader.
Submit your resume to potential employers
- Apply for jobs you believe are beneath your level because they may have features of which you weren't aware.
- Apply for jobs you believe are at your level because these are the ones you best stand the chance of landing.
- Apply for jobs above your level because we grow by taking risks.
This information has been provided by
David Eric Friedman
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