The average resume is read in 20 seconds. Employers scan resumes looking for candidates that demonstrate accomplishments and proof of potential value. Resumes simply listing job duties and work history rarely ignite interest.
Here are a few Resume tips to help you get noticed:
- Use a traditional font of Times New Roman, 9 to 12 point size, and black type against a white paper. Resumes should be 2 pages or less.
- Prepare it in a simple Word format that can easily be viewed on most computers. Using a table format or template is not recommended.
- Avoid using “I”, “Me”, or “My” in your resume.
- The Summary should be brief and appear after your contact information. The main goal is to immediately capture the hiring manager’s attention by sharing your most impressive qualifications up front. Briefly overview your accomplishments that are relevant to the position you want. Be sure to include the relevant skills, experience, and qualifications that the company is asking for in the job description.
- If you choose to use an Objective, keep it brief and to the point. Focus on how you would benefit the employer, not on how the employer would benefit you.
- Use a reverse chronological order. List your present, or most recent job first, then date backwards for at least 10 years.
- State the complete name of the company, what they do, and how long you were there by listing the month and year.
- For each employer, provide a brief paragraph that details the scope of your responsibilities. Then create a bulleted list of your top contributions. Begin with power verbs such as: “Managed, Built, Achieved, Surpassed, Improved, Developed, Established”
- Achievements sell. Numbers, statistics, and percentages get attention and have more impact. For example, Increased profit by 30%, Achieved 110% of Sales Goal.
- Be honest and be prepared to validate accomplishments.
- Skip personal information such as marital status.
- Include education, professional training, affiliations, licenses, technical skills and languages.
- It is not necessary to include “References Available Upon Request”. This is a given.