Here are a few tips that can make you look great on paper.
Most people think the more they add to a resume the better. However, adding a bunch of useless information in the summary won’t increase your chances of an interview.
Most employers are looking for key words that coincide with the job position in which they are hiring. If they don’t see what they’re looking shortly after their reading has begun…it’s on to the next one.
If you have a degree and/or certification that directly correlates with the position you are applying for list that up top. However, some choose to list these on the bottom if they were obtained more than 20 years ago to not indicate their age. Others choose to list these at the bottom simply for cosmetic preferences. If you have specific software experience highlight that in your paragraphs/bullets. For example: Performed (insert function) using (insert software). If that feels a little redundant then list all of the software you used while performing the duties of that particular job title beneath your last bullet.
For example: Software utilized: Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Using bullets are most common. However, bullets are not a substitute for full sentences.
Do not use short phrases to describe your duties. Also, make sure that you either consistently use periods or don’t use them at all at the end of each bullet.
Okay so I know I said use full sentences, but this one is a little tricky. Don’t use “I” at the beginning of a sentence to describe something you’ve done. For example: “I ran monthly reports in (insert software)” would be “Ran monthly reports in (insert software)
Please please please. I cannot stress this enough. Please spellcheck your resume. You’d be surprised how many typos (some horrendous) can occur. Use your word processor’s spellcheck tool as well as proofread before sending your resume out. Once it’s gone you can’t
get it back.
Don’t include your hobbies on your resume. Your prospective employer could care less.
This would be considered “fluff” by the way. Also, don’t include your picture. I’m sure someone will appreciate the extra effort, but not everyone perceives this the same. So just keep it off and leave the element of surprise.