Quick Tips to Improve your Resume

October 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

Here are five quick tips to help you write a resume that gets noticed.

1) Remove sentences that begin “Responsibilities included…” That works
for a job description, but not a resume. Instead, list accomplishments.
People who read resumes want to know what you’ve done.
2) When writing accomplishments, quantify them whenever possible. For
example, “Increased sales 15%.” “…resulting in savings of $40,000.”
“…doubling the number of customers.”
3) If you’ve had at least one job in your chosen field after graduation,
list your education after your work experience.
4) Tailor your resume to fit the job you want. If you are responding to
an ad, and you have six of the eight key requirements, be sure your resume
says so. Don’t make the reader infer how competent you are. Companies
generally spend less than one minute reading your resume during the first
screening.
5) Make sure there are no typos or improper uses of words. One of the top
traits that hiring managers want is excellent communication skills. Since
spell checkers don’t catch everything, be sure to have someone else proofread
your resume.

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