1. Select the best organizational format.
Most resumes are written in chronological (reverse time order) format, but that does not mean that the chronological choice is best for you. If you are making a career change or have extremely broad, related skills sets, a combination format may be best. The combination is evenly balanced between skill set description, achievements, and employment history.
2. Assume that your resume will be viewed on a computer screen rather than on a piece of paper.
Most resumes are sent, received, and managed via PC. That does not mean that the document has to be drab and ugly, visually. In fact, the opposite is true. If you do not have to conform to traditional standards of print, you can step out with attention grabbing formatting such as use of color, text animation, images, etc. The use of pdf (protected document file) format is growing, allowing for more aggressive, creative formatting.
3. Make absolutely sure your document is error free.
Here at GetInterviews.Com, we write resumes all the time but we never proofread our own work. We actually have an independent proofreader who checks our work before we finalize. Why? Because after we have worked with a document several hours, we simply no longer see our mistakes. We "see" what we were thinking, not what is actually on the page. Find a friend who has strong grammar skills to check your work. Do not rely on the spell checker.
4. Find a balance between wordiness and lack of detail.
Employers need to see details about your work history and experience, but they don’t need to know everything. The fact that you were Den Leader in your Cub Scout troop is irrelevant. Keep information germane to the goal of attaining an interview. Eliminate information that is not related and will not have direct impact on winning the interview.
5. Do not use personal pronouns.
"I", "me", "my", "mine", "our" are never included in a resume. Resumes are written in first person (silent), past tense. Example: Instead of "I supervised 4 office workers," use "Supervised 4 office workers." Fragment sentences are perfectly acceptable on a resume as long as the meaning is conveyed.
6. Think "accomplishments" rather than "job duties".
What made you stand out from the crowd? How did you come up with a way to do things better, more efficiently, or for less cost? What won honors for you? Information such as this will be what makes you grab attention and put your resume on the top of the stack.
7. Keep it positive.
Reason for leaving a job, setbacks, failed initiatives, etc. do not have a place on a resume. Employers are seeking people who can contribute, have a positive attitude, are enthusiastic, and have successfully performed similar job skills in the past. Concentrate on communicating these issues and avoid any detracting information.
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