Tips for Writing an Effective Resume
- Format your resume to the specific company and position you’re applying for.
- Make yourself marketable – a resume is designed to sell your skills and strengths.
- Have a strong professional summary – You only have a few seconds to grab a hiring manager’s attention, so do it from the beginning.
- Organize information in reverse chronological order when listing education and experience.
- Include all of your contact information.
- Use action verbs.
- Network – If you are unemployed, you should constantly be handing out your resume and applying for open positions.
- Use resume paper.
- Ensure you up-date your references regularly.
- Edit. Edit. Edit. Proof read your resume twice, then have another person review your resume.
Common Resume Mistakes
- Typos and Grammatical Errors
- Highlight accomplishments, not duties
- Visually too busy – Avoid fancy fonts and details. Keep to a standard font and a clean layout.
- Incorrect contact information
- Including personal information such as marital status, religious preference or hobbies
- A less-than-professional email. Use a contact email that avoids using nick names, dates or symbols. Along with a professional email, be sure to have a professional email for the contact number you provide on your resume.
- Don’t include experience exceeding 10 years.