The First Impression is the Most Lasting Impression
Hiring managers receive stacks of resumes on a daily basis. Getting your resume to rise to the top is vital to reaching the next stage – interviewing. Even if you have the finest credentials, a poorly presented resume may be passed over. Here are some tips for getting your resume noticed.
General Resume Tips
- Write an objective statement targeted towards the job you are applying.
- List a summary of your skills, briefly describing how each was used. A hiring manager will decide within the first few lines to read on.
- Use achievement statements with active words such as: developed, implemented, managed, etc. Include the tools or skills used.
- Whenever possible, use measurable achievements. For example: Implemented process change that resulted in $250,000 cost savings.
- Use bulleted lists for a quick read.
- A chronological resume is usually the best approach. List each employer in reverse chronological order, highlighting responsibilities and successes for each position.
- If your employment history consists of many contract positions, use month and year for employment dates. This shows the manager there are no gaps.
- As long as the resume has substance, the length is not limited to one page.
- Include a footer on each page with your name and page x of y.
- Remove Hobbies/Activities.
- ALWAYS use spell check. Have at least one other person review. Spell check is not fool proof.
- Resumes should be attached in rich text format or pasted in the body of the email message.
- When attaching a resume, avoid special fonts and characters. Depending on the receiver’s word processing set-up, your special bullets may show up as question marks or worse. You don’t want to imply your resume is questionable, now do you?
- If pasting from a word-processed resume into an email message, beware of “curly” quotation marks and apostrophes. These characters will frequently be converted to another symbol like a bar.
- Test out your electronic resume by emailing it to yourself or a colleague.
Send your resume (.doc or .txt) to firstname.lastname@example.org