How To Write A Resume
Make sure you have a clear, concise resume that provides an overview of your experiences and skills. A great resume will help you get an interview for that job you really want.
The key to a great resume:
- Be honest - Address any gaps in employment, do not lie about your experiences or the programs you can operate
- Be professional - Do not use “I” or “me”, as the reader already knows the resume is about your accomplishments
- If your e-mail address is funny, but unprofessional, it may turn off potential employers. Consider opening a new email address for resumes
- List your achievements, not your responsibilities - Quantify your on-the-job accomplishments, instead of listing that you improved customer relations, state that customer satisfaction increased 50% while you were in charge
- Use action verbs to describe yourself and your accomplishments - Describe yourself as a dynamic go-getter instead of a follower who was told what to do
- List of Action verbs: http://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/skills/resumes/verbs.html - Make sure to use the consistent tense throughout (past vs. present)
- Use key words, buzz words, and industry verbiage - Use the verbiage in the job ad as your model. Employers search on key words when they're looking for people to fill specific positions
- Use easy to read fonts and a clear design to make it appealing - A simple left-justified resume is easiest to read
- Always check for typos and grammatical errors - Check a second time and have someone else proofread it
A national poll highlighted on jobweb.org includes responses from 150 senior executivesundefinedincluding those from human resources, finance, and marketing departmentsundefinedwith the nation's 1,000 largest companies.
Executives were asked, "In your opinion, which of the following is the single most common mistake job seekers make on their resumes?" Their responses:
- Typos or grammatical errors - 34%
- Including too much information – 22%
- Not listing achievements in former roles – 17%
- Poor layout and/or design - 17%
- Including too little information – 7%
- Other/don't know – 3%
Choose A Resume Style
There are several types of resumes:
This is the most common resume format. It lists your work and educational history chronologically, providing an easy way to read your overall experiences. Sample resume...
This format allows you to group your work history by skills, not by dates or places of employment. This kind of resume lets you highlight the skills you think are most important: your resume can lead with the most relevant experience you have instead of the most recent.
This resume style can be particularly useful for someone who is re-entering the workforce, or entering the workforce for the first time, and does not have recent work experience.
Very close to a skill-based resume, this format highlights the skills you’ve used in previous positions.
You do not need to list your jobs in chronological order, instead put the most relevant job first.
This can be helpful for recent graduates or people re-entering the workplace
This style shows how your previous work or educational experience has provided you with the appropriate background for the job you’re applying for. Sample resume...
Do you need an objective statement?
Some believe an objective statement is necessary to summarize your current goals or can be helpful to describe what you’re looking for in a position. It is a personal decision to include it on your resume. But, if you write an objective statement, it must relate to the job you are applying for, not be a generic statement.
A generic objective statement, will more likely turn off a prospective employer.
- Example: My goal is to get a rewarding job that pays well.
- It must be targeted specifically to what you’re looking for.
- Example: An experienced public relations consultant, I now seek a position as an account manager where I can utilize my management skills.
More information on objective statements
Now that you’ve written your resume that you can be proud of, don’t forget to customize a cover letter whenever you send it to a prospective company. How to write a cover letter: http://www.mahalo.com/How_to_Write_a_Cover_Letter