First ask yourself the following questions:
|Did you improve processes?||Did you expand the business?|
|Did you oversee a special project?||Did you attract new customers?|
|Did you save the company money?||Did you increase profitability or productivity?|
|Did you resolve a specific problem?||Did you win any awards or receive any special recognition?|
|Did you exceed performance expectations?||Did you take initiative?|
|Did you received any special recognition?||Did you do anything better than anyone else could?|
|Did you make the company money?||Did you earn a promotion?|
|Did you make the company more competitive?||Did you go above and beyond?|
|Did you set yourself apart from others?||Did you supervise employees?|
In order to be successful, please clarify the following items for your resume:
- Focused on a specific job or career field.
- A clear overview of what you have accomplished.
- An answer to the question, “What makes you qualified for this position?”
- Tailored to fit the position you applied for.
Steps to accomplish the preparation:
Decide what type of job you are interested in. Your resume must clearly identify the type of job you want and the career field you want to work in. Be specific. If your resume is vague, the recruiter or hiring manager is not likely to call you.
Write down everything you can think of regarding your past work experience. Take your time to make sure you remember everything that you have done so far in your career. It does not have to be perfect at this time.
Write down everything that comes to mind. You can prioritize and word smith later. The purpose right now is to gather as much information as possible You should include the following
- Previous jobs
- Duties performed at each job
- Skills used to perform the duties at each job
- Highest level of education
- Certificates / Licenses
- Awards and recognition that you have received
- Professional organizations of which you are a member
- Volunteer Experience
- Other skills
Now select the items that apply to the position or career you have selected.
The items you selected from your list will be the basis for your resume.
Goal of a resume is to land an interview. Following are tips for success resume writing.
- Use active verbs in a telegraphic (verb first) style to describe the responsibilities you had in a particular job.
- The resume always has to reflect who you are so take suggestions from others and use what works for you.
- Always customize your resume for a particular job description. This would include the summary as well as the body of the resume. For some jobs you will highlight some responsibilities and some accomplishments and modify when applying for a different job.
- The resume should only be 2 pages at a maximum. Someone just graduating from school may only have 1 page.
- The body of the resume should be responsibilities and accomplishments. You should quantify both if possible.
Managed the network department
Managed the Verizon network staff of 15 people with an annual budget of $750,000. This is a much stronger statement.
- Reduced operating budget vs
- Reduced operating budget from $1.2m to $750,000 while improving system up time to 98%.
7. Replace your Objective with Career Summary
8. Fonts Size Use 10 – 12 – Font Type – Use time tested font types such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia
9. Margins Adequate “white space” on all four sides to create a clean and readable look.
- Space for the interviewer to make notes on the page.
- Fitting all the content on one page (when appropriate).
- In most cases, margins should be no less than a half inch and no greater than 1¼ inches, depending on the format you choose.
DO use spell check every time you update your resume. One simple typo can ruin your chances of getting hired.
Do modify your resume to reflect job description.
DO substitute passive words with action words.
DO use a dictionary to look up words if you are unsure of their meaning.
DO spell out words instead of using abbreviations.
DO be consistent:
- If you capitalize one section heading, capitalize them all.
- If you use bold font for one job title, use bold for all job titles.
- If you double space between the first two jobs, double space between the second and third, and so forth.
- Continue the same pattern throughout.
DO tailor your resume to the specific position you are applying for. For example: If you are applying for a management position, make sure the content of your resume is related to management.
If your resume focuses on customer service, but you are applying for a management job, you will not be considered for the position.
DO focus on accomplishments and successes, not just duties and responsibilities of your current and past employment.
DO be honest.
DO update your resume on a regular basis.
Do use positive thesaurus – http://www.positivethesaurus.com/p/positive-adjectives.html
Do ask someone to proofread your resume and cover letter
Use personal pronouns (I, me, my)
Include personal information (race, age, marital status, or hobbies).
Exaggerate. This can be perceived as lying.
Include salary information.