Resume Writing Tips
How can I write a better resume?
The most important way to break through the competition and land an interview is to have a resume that gets noticed. Since employers receive hundreds of resumes for just one position it's vital that yours grabs an employer's attention in just 5 seconds.
Here are 15 tips to make sure your resume is bulletproof:
- Set your job search objective before writing your resume.
- Use headers and buzz words that match the job you're targeting.
- Leverage your resume to market yourself and show how you're different.
- Make your resume pop with self-promotion power words, like directed, developed and presented.
- Design your resume so it grabs attention and reads easily with plenty of bullet points and white space.
- Tweak your resume for each job you apply to - this goes for your cover letter, too.
- Proofread twice and let someone else take a look to avoid typos.
- Never use a font size smaller than 11 points.
- Use numbers to prove achievements, such as "increased sales by 45%."
- Resist the temptation to list all of your work experience - highlight what's most relevant.
- Keep your resume concise, but feel free to spill over into 2 or 3 pages if necessary.
- Update your resume regularly so you're including information while it's on your mind.
- Avoid sample resume templates that look just like everyone else's resume.
- Consider getting professional help - it's a small investment that could pay off.
- Stay away from fancy designs that distract from the content.