Resumes:

General Tips to Land an Interview

Studies show that the average recruiter looks at a resume for just seven seconds!

To keep their attention, you should make sure the document is well organized, clear and succinct. Here is a simple guide to the basics of writing a good resume:

 

1) Take detailed notes on your work experience. Include paid and unpaid, full time and part time positions. Include your main responsibilities, any other activities that were part of the job, the job title and company information including the address and dates of employment. Include everything!

Use dynamic action verbs

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2) Take detailed notes on your education. Include degrees or certificates, major or course emphasis, school names and courses relevant to career objectives. Remember to include any important continuing education courses you may have completed.

 

3) Include a list of other non-work related accomplishments. These may include competitions won, membership in special organizations, etc.

 

4) Based on your detailed notes, decide which skills are transferable (skills that will be especially useful) to the position for which you are applying.

Be concise and short

Your resume should ideally not be more than one page, two maximum.

5) Write your full name, address, telephone number, and email at the top of the resume.

 

6) Summarize your education, including important facts that directly relate to the job for which you are applying. You can also choose to include the education section after you have listed your job employment history.

 

7) List your work experience beginning with your most recent job. Include dates of employment, company specifics. List your principal responsibilities making sure to focus on transferable skills.

Avoid using the subject "I"

8) Continue to list all of your work experience in reverse order. Always focus on skills that are transferable.

 

9) Finally list information skills such as languages spoken, computer programming knowledge etc. under the heading: Additional Skills

Use the correct tense

Focus on the past tense except for your current job.

The career search process can feel long and arduous. Following these general tips to crafting your resume is sure to help you stand out from the crowd.