Make your resume stand out from the crowd by following these 10 tips!
- Be clear on what your job search objective is so that you can tailor your resume to the job. A "one size fits all" resume is less effective.
- Treat your resume as a marketing piece, not just a list of your "job duties." Spot light your strengths and accomplishments.
- Use bulleted sentences of one to three lines so the reader can quickly scan your resume and see your main points.
- Order your bullets by importance to the employer to ensure that those most interesting will be spotted when your resume is scanned quickly.
- Use strong action verbs to begin each bullet, such as, analyzed, led, trained, and planned. Avoid weak verbs. such as, worked, oversaw, handled and helped.
- Quantify when possible, as #'s,$'s and %'s jump from the page. Indicate scope. Instead of "Taught students social skills," use "Taught a group of 10 students."
- Use "key words" from the job posting in your bullets, so they are easy to spot.
- Focus on job skills that support your objective. Leave off irrelevant information so the reader focuses on what is relevant.
- Make your resume easy to read: one or two pages in length; 11 or 12 point font, such as, Aerial or Times New Roman; margins between a half and one inch.
- Ask two friends to review your resume to ensure there are no errors or anything confusing to the reader.
For more resume pointers, you may visit the "Write a Resume" section in the CEC Career Toolkit, check out the CEC Career Spots video on Make Your Resume Pop and set an appointment to meet with a Career Coach.