Resume Tips

1. Be goal oriented.
State all of your accomplishments. Write in a way that expresses that your a very proactive person. You want to give the impression that you are passionate about moving forward and accomplishing goals.

2. Don’t give the job-hopper image.
Have you had so many different jobs that you have the job-hopper image? If you do, then try placing all the different jobs in a one or two year category. See Below.
(2004-2006 Waiter/Busboy; McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Chili’s, Olive Garden)

3. Let them know what your worth.
Employers like to know what you’ve been paid at prior jobs. If you are proud of your previous pay then put it on your resume under salary history. If your not proud of your recent pay then go ahead and leave it off.

4. My opinion on resume length.
For high executive jobs you would do a more lengthy resume. Keep in mind the job your going for. If you are applying to be a store manager at Target, then you may want a medium length resume. If you are applying to work for a law firm then you would do a longer more detailed resume. Just keep in mind the job type.

5. Use action words.
Here are some examples of using action words.
1. I assembled a team to investigate the problem and solve the issue.
2. I followed up on our clients needs and made them comfortable with our investment programs.
3. I delivered high quality designs to our customers.

6. What is a functional resume?
The functional resume concentrates on experience and capabilities. In this type of resume you will highlight your skills along with your accomplishments. Since employers like to know where you previously worked, it would be a good idea to include what company goes with each accomplishment.

7. What is a chronological resume?
A chronological resume is simply a resume that is organized by your employment timeline. You will put your most recent job first. This is the simplest resume for employers to read over. It can be a challenge for young people who don’t have much job experience. If this is the case the functional resume may be better.

8. Cover letter…yes or no?
Everyone who sends out a resume should attach a cover letter. It is more work and should be revised to fit the company. Try to incorporate action verbiage along with graphics if possible. Convince the potential employer that you can be an asset to the company. The cover letter is basically an intriguing intro to the more structured and rigid resume.

9. If possible, find out the detailed description of your future job.
It’s not always possible, but if you can get enough information about the job, then you will know what the employer is looking for. So if there is a job description available, get it! Then highlight your achievements and abilities that match that job description.

10. Stay Relevant.
Do you have tons of information on your resume? Does the most relevant information stick out? You need the information that is relevant to the new job to be what’s mentioned most. It’s not that all your information and achievements shouldn’t be listed. It’s just that you want to bring out the information that caters to what the employer expects and wants out of you.

11. Use Bulleted Sentences.
In some of previous tips you read about making the important information stick out to the employer. One way to do this is with bullets. No, i’m not talking about bullets from a gun. What I mean is when employers search through hundreds of resumes, bullet points will catch their eye long enough to read over those points. The bullets will allow your potential employer to view your accomplishments at a glance.

12. Use titles that are effective.
Its already been mentioned that bullets are a great way to get the quick attention of the reader, but there is one better then that. Titles can make or break the resume. You pick up a news paper when you see an interesting title on the front page. The same will go for your resume. Be creative, but still professional. For example:
Average Title=Education
Better Title= College Success

13. A photo says a thousand words.
If you are confident in your professional apparel, then flaunt it. It sounds so immature to think that you can land a job by your looks. It’s true though. If you have a professional photo of you that just screams out “I am the employee your looking for”, then you could consider puting it on your resume. Now don’t be to overconfident and make the picture huge. Just a small one will do to show off your professional looks. You know what they say, “dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”

14. Use Typography.
Typing your resume in all the same size font can look very boring. Increase the font size of headings and anything you want to stick out. Still keep a clean look for overall readability.

15. Use quality paper.
Go to your local office supply store and take a look at their nicer paper. Just a little texture on a piece of paper can totally change your resume’s appearance.

16.Terms that should be in your resume.
There a literally millions of example resumes online. Anything from childcare to executive resume samples. Search for some job resume examples that are in the same field you are applying for and insert similar resume terms into your content. For example, if you are a graphic designer, then the terms “css”, “photoshop”,  or illustrator” are some terms you will want to absolutely include.

17. Don’t totally rely on sample resume templates.
On our own site and thousands of others, there are plenty of sample resume templates to copy. Keep in mind that your are selling yourself as a product to the employer. Don’t think someone elses resume is going to get it done for you because the main thing employer’s want to know is what you can do for them. Sad to say, but very few care about your own future. They really just care about the future of their own company and thats okay because that why they pay you. You get paid to advance the company, so sell yourself like a product that will produce well!

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