Remember the old Head & Shoulders commercial…"You only get one chance to make a first impression. "
Well, with so many people searching for jobs these days it is of the utmost importance that YOU make a great first impression.
Simple. Your resume.
In most cases, the only thing you have to create that first impression with is your resume. And, it is your resume that will get you the interview.
Here are ten tips on how to write a resume…these are resume writing tips that will help you create not just any resume, but a professional resume that clearly stands out amongst all the other applicants…a resume that will help you create that great first impression.
1. When writing a resume use a professional resume format. The two most accepted resume formats today are chronological and functional. Personally, I prefer chronological. From the interviewer stand point I find it much easier to read and follow.
2. Create your resume in the proper order and with correct punctuation. Resumes with grammatical errors drive recruiters crazy. You can use spell check on Microsoft Word to check for spellings and grammar, but that is NOT enough. Print out your resume and re-read the hard copy AND then let a friend or colleague read your resume as well. It is amazing what a fresh pairs of eyes can find.
3. Organize your resume properly under headings (such as education, skills, work experience, training, etc. ) and put those headings in bold.
4. Write your resume in such a way so that it matches YOUR skills and experience to the skills and experience needed for the available position. Highlight the details that match the employer's requirement. This will make your resume look as if it was created for this particular job rather than one generic resume you send out to everyone.
5. Use “industry-oriented" words in your resume. You want to make sure you are using the jargon (keywords) of the profession…this gives the impression that you are an expert in your field.
6. Avoid using “I" in your resume. Make use of action verbs like collaborated, managed, established, etc. A good resume uses both action verbs such as analyze, achieve, etc. and nouns and adjectives like capable, resourceful, etc.
7. Make your resume presentable. Print your resume on high-quality resume paper and print your resume using a laser printer.
8. References, references, references. When writing a resume make sure to list your references. Never state “references available upon request". Why make more work for the person reading your resume? Instead, list your references at the end of the resume. Also, make sure to include the job title AND the phone number with each and every reference.
9. When writing your resume objective, make sure to be as specific as possible. State the specific position you desire and one to two sentences why you would be the best candidate for that position.
10. Be specific with the rest of your resume as well. Far too many resumes are filled with generalizations. This is not a good way to show your experience and skills. Instead, your resume should contain relevant information for the job you are applying for.
Often times, employers only look over your resume for a few minutes…so use these resume writing tips to make your resume stand out from the others.
Remember, your “one chance to make a first impression" may just be your resume.
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