Top Tips for an Exceptional Resume
To create an effective resume, you must first view your resume as a tool that evolves with your career. It should be adaptable, and change based on new experiences, skills, and industry standards. Use a clear, modern font and take out any clunky headlines, using bullet points when appropriate to make it look clean and professional. Most resume collection is done online now, increasing the volume of resumes recruiters receive, so make your resume is concise and to the point to avoid being overlooked!
There is no standard resume template, so how you put it together depends on your industry, experience, and personal preference. A quick Google search will bring up several resume building tools or examples you may find helpful to follow. It is important to provide correct information with proper spelling and grammar, so have someone else look over your resume when you are done. Continuously update your language to reflect industry standards, and make sure not to include specific jargon. Also, if it sounds like a cliché, you probably don’t need it!
Here are a few tips to help take your resume from a pass to a-mazing!
- Keep your resume easy to read by using a plain font (such as Arial), sized 10-12 for body text.
- Only highlight relevant or important information to keep your resume to 1-2 pages at most.
- Tailor your resume to the job by including the job title and company in your objective.
- Use keywords from the job description in your resume to fit what they are looking for.
- Only include the most recent 10-15 years of experience in your career history.
- Only highlight what is important to the job you’re applying to.
- Use a professional looking email address and up to date contact information in your headline.
- Avoid outdated, unnecessary terms such as “references available upon request”.
- Use preferred action verbs to better illustrate your job responsibilities for a stronger impact. For example:
For more great resume tips please visit our Resume Bar. For extra assistance with writing a resume, check out one of the workshops hosted by one of the many service providers listed here, or make an appointment to speak with an adviser one-on-one.