Resume tips are everywhere! And they can be important and helpful—if they’re right. If you want results, these are the important resume tips you’ll actually want to follow:
Start with a master list of your accomplishments. This is not your resume. Instead it will be a document that will help you craft the perfect resume—customized to the position—each and every time you need one. Keep it up-to-date. Every time you take on a new responsibility, receive a promotion or title bump, or change jobs, make sure to add them to your master list.
Be concise. Do not list every job you’ve ever held, sport you played, or committee you’ve been part of. Unless, that is, it fits the job you hope to get. Think relevance and try to fit your paper resume on a single page. Don’t worry. Your digital version can be longer. In fact, you may want it to be. Computers often scan resumes before people do and those applicant tracking systems are less concerned with length and more interested in whether or not your resume has the right keywords.
Include those keywords. Make sure to use the same vocabulary you see in the job posting. If they’re looking for a Medical Assistant who is bilingual, note that you are. If the position asks for a multi-tasker who thrives in a fast-paced environment, include the right words, and also examples that show just how able you are.
Use quantifiable metrics. What’s that mean? It means use numbers and data whenever you can. For example, if you rang groceries at a local store, how much money passed through your hands? Or if you worked in retail, how much merchandise did you sell? The higher the numbers, the more impressive. Sometimes those numbers are people. Have you supervised a staff? How large? And it doesn’t have to be solely professional. Volunteer positions where you played a significant role or made an impact can add depth to your resume.
Include career training and continuing education. Experience is important, but so is your education! Show the hiring manager that you weren’t content to just wait for a job to land in your lap. While you actively looked for work, you also added to your skillset. It lets them know that you plan for the future and that you’re always willing, able, and eager to learn more.
Format it correctly. Don’t go for odd fonts or funky colors. Instead, concentrate on presenting the polished and professional you hope to become. Choose simple chronological order for work experience, with the most recent positions first. Place what is most important above the fold (top half of the page) and use bullets for easy skimming. Readability is key.
Make sure your contact info is prominently displayed. Use a current email and phone number. Include the link to your professional LinkedIn profile. It’s not necessary to include a home address, but make sure you offer a few ways for a company to get in touch. After all, once your great qualifications get noticed, you want them to be able to contact you to arrange the interview.
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