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Resume Writing Tips

Posted on: Sunday, 11 September 2016

Resume Writing Tips

Wiring the resume is simple, but there are some advices to follow to make it more prophetical and effective, in many books, magazines and websites you can find many articles in the same subject, we here will collect some of the most important points:

Remember: the interview is the place to elaborate on your accomplishments and evaluate work-style cultural cues. Not the resume.

1.) Use Bulleted Sentences

Use bullets with short sentences to structure the body of your resume. The main selling points of your resume should be clear and quick to scan. Again, don’t worry about the specifics; you will go into the details during the interview. Should you begin your resume with a resume objective statement?

2.) Use Action Words

Use action words like prepared, managed, developed, championed, monitored, and presented will cause your resume to stand out. Avoid using the same verb over an over.

3.) Use %’s, $’s and #’s

You should always use %’s, $’s and #’s. Dollar totals, numbers, and percentages stand out in the body of a resume. Below are two examples of a job duty described with them (good) and without (bad). As you can see by the examples, being specific does not mean being lengthy.

Example 1

Bad: Account manager for advertising agency
Good: Managed 15 strategic accounts billing in excess of $15MM annually

Example 2

Bad: Sold widgets to clients located in the Midwest
Good: Increased sales by 17% in a 5-state territory

4.) Highlight your strengths

Highlight your strengths, and what is most relevant to the potential employer. In-coming resumes are typically reviewed in 10-30 seconds, so put forth the effort and determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective. Put the strongest and most relevant points first where they are more apt to be read. This is your hook for the reader and the rest of your resume reels them in.

 5.) Match the need they have

Match the need they have – Review job posting online and in the newspapers for positions that interest you. Each position will usually have a brief blurb about the company and the position available. Use the keywords listed in these ads, and match them to the bullet points in your resume. Chances are that you have some of these as key points already, however if you have missed any, add them to your resume. Using a custom resume instead of a generic one will greatly increase your chances of an interview, as you will be a better match in the eyes of the reader.

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