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What does your resume say about you? Here are some tips to help you create a professional resume that reflects your strengths and abilities.
1) Be concise! But don’t short-change yourself. Take credit for your accomplishments that prospective employers may view as assets.
2) List personal and professional skills that will set you apart from the competition.
3) Use “key words” to describe your abilities. Your resume may be scanned into a computer database that “reads” the text file for key words or phrases.
4) Minimize the use of bullets, hyphens and dashes which are oftentimes scanned as errors.
5) Do not fax your resume to be scanned. Faxed resumes often produce “errors” and are categorized as unscannable.
6) Creativity is an asset but not on your resume! Avoid pictures, creative jargon or phrases and never overstate your abilities. Also steer clear from the use of fancy fonts, boldface, italic, underlining, columns and boxes.
7) Type your name, address, phone number and email address at the top of your resume. Make certain your name appears on each page of a multi-page resume.
8) A longer resume does not mean a better resume. Try and limit the pages but remember to leave space in the margins for the interviewer to jot down notes.
9) Proofread once, proofread twice, proofread three times and then give it to a friend to proofread.
10) Finally, bring several copies of your resume to an interview.
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