Wednesday, November 30, 2016

10 Ways to Improve Your Resume

A resume is more than just a list of past jobs. It’s your personal marketing tool, and usually the only way to secure an interview. Because so much rests on the effectiveness of a resume, it’s critical that you send a resume that works hard for you. The following tips will help you create a more powerful resume.

1. Pull them in.
Use keywords that stand out and bring attention to your abilities and accomplishments.


2. Prove it.
Don’t list responsibilities. List results. Show how you benefited your previous employers in concrete terms all companies understand: increased revenue, better productivity, lower expenses, faster production.


3. Simplify – but don’t omit.
Keep your resume simple and to the point, but don’t sacrifice content for length. The traditional
wisdom is that a resume should only be one page long, but this is increasingly antiquated advice.
While your resume may fit on one page, don’t be worried if you have to continue on a second page.


4. Submit the right resume.
If you are applying to five different positions, you should have five different versions of your résumé. Each one should be tailored to show why you are the best candidate for that particular job.


5. Use appropriate language.
Never speak of yourself in the first person (i.e. “I closed 20 sales daily”). Instead use sentences like
“Managed 20 direct mail campaigns.” And try to begin with an action verb such as Managed, Organized, Oversaw, Coordinated, etc.


6. Doubel check your sspelling.
If your resume contains misspelled words, you are almost guaranteed to not get an interview. Don’t
rely on spell check, either. Print your resume and read it out loud. If something doesn’t sound right
to you, it won’t sound right to an HR manager, either.


7. Keep it current.
Update your resume at least once every six months. That way, when you really need a current resume it will be there.


8. Don’t waste space.
Telling the reader that “References Are Available Upon Request” is a waste of space. This is a common practice, so potential employers know you’ll provide references if they ask for them.


9. Don’t get too personal.
Leave out personal information such as your age, sex, height, and hobbies. And don’t include a picture of yourself. The content should pertain to your experience and qualifications. Period.


10. Monitor your results.
Is your resume working? Is it producing interviews? If not, you may want to consider seeking professional assistance.


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