Following are our top 15 resume tips:
Resume Tip #1: Do Your Research
Read the job posting carefully to ascertain what your prospective employer is looking for. In order to meet his needs, you must know what he wants. Once you have figured out what he wants, inquire about his line of business and his corporate philosophy.
Learn to read between the lines. Some things may not be stated, but may be implied. It’s up to you to notice them and take them into account.
Remember, your job application has to fit within the context of the specific job you are applying for and that of the broader organization.
Resume Tip #2: Use Action Verbs
Start your sentences with action verbs to show that you are proactive and result-oriented. This will help focus the employer’s attention on your accomplishments.
Resume Tip #3: Write Clear and Concise Sentences
Keep your sentences short and to the point. Convey only one proposition (idea) per sentence.
If possible, use bullets. Resumes are skimmed through quickly. Bullets make it easier for someone to scan through your resume and absorb the information.
Resume Tip #4: Restrict Your Use of Articles to a Minimum
In order to save valuable space on your resume and put as much focus on your accomplishments, avoid using articles such as “the”, “an”, or “a”. This is meant to screen out useless words in order to draw attention to the remaining (and more important) ones.
Resume Tip #5: Don’t Use “I” or Other Pronouns to Identify Yourself
Keep your resume to the third person (meaning that you should not be the narrator). This will make your resume look more professional and will give more credence to your accomplishments.
Resume Tip #6: Use Professional Language
Use professional language in your resume. You want to convey the impression that you are presentable, reliable, and professional.
Resume Tip #7: Use Industry-Specific Terminology
If you have a specialization, use terminology specific to your area of expertise. This will show that you know your “stuff”.
Resume Tip #8: Tailor Your Qualifications to the Job
Determine your objective and customize your resume to achieve that objective. This will help you tailor your resume for the specific job you are applying to.
Don’t forget that for most jobs, there are many applicants. You want to stand out. How do you stand out? By being different. How can you be different? By being specific.
Resume Tip #9: Prioritize the Content of Your Resume
Some of your past work experiences or accomplishments will be more relevant to the job than others. Prioritize the more relevant information. Put what is more relevant higher on the page or first in an enumeration.
Resume Tip #10: Use “PAR” Statements
“PAR” stands for Problem-Action-Result. In order to sell to your employer the benefits of your skills, you need to show concrete examples of what you did in your previous functions. Simply showing what you did is not enough however. You also need to show what you “contributed”.
Resume Tip #11: Screen Out Unnecessary or Irrelevant Information
Don’t include in your resume personal information such as your age, marital status, or social security number. Focus on your skills and what you can bring to the job.
Resume Tip #12: Be Positive
Avoid being negative in your resume. Omit the negative information or filter it out by rephrasing a negative experience into a positive one using PAR statements.
Resume Tip #13: Be as Specific as Possible
Be as specific as possible regarding your accomplishments. Quantify your experience where possible. Cite numerical figures. The more concrete details you provide, the more credible you become.
Remember, what is vague is often suspicious.
Resume Tip #14: Proofread Your Resume Many Times
When proofreading your resume, pay attention to details. Get into the habit of reading through your resume slowly. Don’t skim through it. Avoid punctuation, vocabulary (typos), or grammar mistakes.
Once the first draft of your resume is done, let it rest. Come back on it a few hours or a day later.
Resume Tip #15: Have a Trusted Friend or Family Member Proofread Your Resume
Have someone else you trust take a look at your resume. Be open to his or her comments. What may look clear or obvious to you may not be so for a third party. Your prospective employer knows nothing about you except for what is written in your resume and cover letter.
You want to make sure that you are as clear as possible. The best way is to “test” your resume on someone else first before you present it to your prospective employer.