We cannot stress how important a well written resume is. Over and over again, we find that our clients decide if they are going to interview a candidate by quickly scanning their resume. We have several occasions where we had a great candidate only to find they wrote a poorly constructed resume, and were not interviewed. Your resume is the first impression an employer has about you. It is the initial advertisement of you, your experience and accomplishments. Employers feel that if a candidate cannot write a proper resume, it is a reflection of the type of employee they would be. Spend the time to write an appropriate resume. The following tips are suggestions for writing a resume.
Use plain white paper. Colored paper is not advisable.
Use a 10 or 12 point font size and use simple-to-read fonts. The most common fonts used are Arial, Times New Roman and Verdana. Bullet points and bolding are good to highlight key information. An easy to read resume get noticed and the greater the chances it will be read. Proof read your resume several times for spelling and grammar errors. Resumes should never have any errors.
Some people will tell you to keep your resume to one page. This is fine if you only have a few jobs to list. For candidates who have been in the industry for several years, two pages is often more appropriate.
Your contact information should be on the top of your resume, centered. Be sure to list your address, cell phone number, and email address.
Sometimes it’s better not to list an objective. If you are going to list one, be specific.
This is an optional sub-heading but usually good to include. Give a brief description of actual qualifications and skills you have acquired and your strengths/accomplishments. List specific measurable accomplishments, and not just generalizations. For example, instead of stating you have a strong retention rate with your accounts, state a specific number for example “95% client retention rate.” Please see our resume sample for more examples.
List advanced degrees first. List your degree and the name and city of the university. List any industry related designations and licenses. Any education prior to attending a university is not necessary to list. Even if you do not have a college degree, do not include high school information.
State the name of the company, city, state, title of position, and dates of employment. List employment history in reverse chronological order starting with your current or most recent employer.. Always list your dates of employment with month and year. For example, April 2005 – Present. Employers are skeptical of resumes without dates of employment listed. Write a paragraph about your job. Here is where you not only describe your job functions and duties, but also list projects, accomplishments, etc. It is very important to list accomplishments on a resume; tell about projects you worked on which increased productivity, increased profits, reduced losses, etc. If you have been in the industry for over 15 years and have several employers, it is generally not necessary to list all your employers on your resume. However it is important to list them on any employment application.
Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy
Remember if your employment dates, educational dates and other information are incorrect, it could result in no offer – or worse yet, a rescinded offer. Spelling and grammar are also part of accuracy. Check and double check for any spelling or grammatical errors. These types of resume errors are another main reason why candidates don’t get interviewed.
Microsoft Word tends to be the preferred format for resumes.
A well-written resume will reward you.
It is well worth the time!