Resume Writing Tips
Purpose of a Resume
First impressions really count. That is why you need a professional-looking resume. The first step in the job hiring process is to get recognized and invited to the job interview. Therefore, the purpose of your resume is to sell your professional background and experience to the employer so you can get interviewed.
A well written resume is paramount to achieving this objective and the following tips are designed to help you do it yourself. Of course, if you would prefer professional assistance, we are here to help you today. Our team of professionally skilled writers will make your resume standout in the crowd and will help you get that critical interview. For more information about our resume writing services, please click here.
You can generate more interviews by customizing your resume and cover letter to address the specific skills each employer is seeking. The employer is always more interested in their needs than yours, so ask yourself what would make you the perfect candidate for this job. Try to find out what they really need and want; then write your resume to address these points. Review the job description or ad for key words and include them in your resume.
Style and Format
Use a resume design that grabs attention. You can view some examples in our resume writing section.
If you are changing careers, you should include an objective section. If not, this is optional. The objective section can be as simple as stating the job title that you are seeking, or it can be a sentence or two about your career plans. But, keep it short. You can also emphasize your objective in your cover letter.
Place all of your contact information at the top so it is easy for the employer to contact you for a job interview, and you might want to include cell phone numbers and email addresses.
Use titles and headings that match the job you are seeking. Make sure your employment dates are accurate. Print your resume on good quality white paper.
Keep your resume short, concise and to the point. One page is usually sufficient, but use two only if you must. Avoid lengthy descriptions, especially about projects of which you were only a part. Keep your paragraphs to about 4-6 lines each.
Do not include anything negative or critical of your past jobs, including poor grades or performance assessments, or unfortunate work experiences. But, also do not belittle or undervalue your experience. It is up to you to demonstrate how and why your background, experience and accomplishments make you the most qualified candidate for this job.
When listing your jobs, include details that illustrate exactly what you did accomplish and try to include the key words from the employer’s job description or ad. State the problem that you encountered, describe how you addressed it, solved it and what the benefit result was.
Focus on noting your achievements over your responsibilities because this shows what you actually accomplished for your past employers. Do not write your current job description or reason for leaving. Quantify your experience. For example, cite numerical figures such as monetary budgets/funds saved, time periods/efficiency improved, lines of code written/debugged, numbers of machines administered/fixed, etc. to demonstrate your progress and accomplishments.
You do not have to cite your entire work history. Include the most recent and relevant jobs you have had the past 10-15 years. You can label this part of your resume as “Recent Professional Experience.” What you did 20-30 years ago may be interesting, but usually is not very relevant to the current position you are seeking.
Always tell the truth, be factual and do not exaggerate. Failure to do so will cost you a coveted career opportunity. Provide evidence of your claims, skills and abilities, qualifications and experience, and make sure your personal references can back these up.
List all colleges or universities that you attended, including location if need be, course work or major(s), degrees obtained and any certificates, licenses or other professional certifications achieved. Also, list any other relevant course work you have taken in recent years that would demonstrate your professional growth and experience.
Use Action Verbs and Key Adjectives
Begin sentences with action verbs. This portrays you as a proactive employee who gets things done and can make good things happen. Also, use the past tense, even for descriptions of your current position. Minimize the use of articles (the, an, a) and never use “I” or other pronouns to identify yourself.
Examples of action verbs include:
accelerated accomplished adapted addressed administered advised analyzed appraised approved arranged assessed assembled asserted assisted awarded bolstered briefed budgeted built catapulted caused collected communicated compared completed composed conceived concluded conducted consolidated constructed controlled convinced coordinated counseled created delegated designed designated detected determined developed directed overeddistributed delivered demonstrated designed dramatized earned edited effected elected eliminated enabled encouraged energized enjoyed enlarged enveloped established evaluated examined excelled expanded expedited extracted financed forecasted formulated founded gathered generated grew guieded identified implemented improved improvised included increased influenced initiated installed instructed interpreted interviewed invented joined kicked launched lead lectured led maintained managed mentored motivated negotiated observed obtained operated ordered organized originated oversaw participated performed persuaded pinpointed planned possessed prepared presented processed produced programmed promoted proposed protested roved provided published purchased qualified quantified raised rated received recognized recommended reconciled recorded recruited reduced reinforced reorganized represented researched rescued resolved restructured revamped revealed reviewed revised saved scheduled scoured scouted selected simplified sold setup solved specified spoke streamlined stripped structured studied submitted suggested supervised supported tabulated taught tested trained transformed transported translated tutored unified united updated utilized visualized wrote
Examples of key adjectives include:
achieved accurately adeptly aggressively affected alerted ambitiously achieved consistently creatively decided diplomatically discreetly enthusiastically
independently inventively justified keenly logically methodically patiently prudently quickly resourcefully
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