Resume Tips

Resume Tips

Your resume is the most important calling card in your job search. It should include the following information:

Contact information. Include phone, home address and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.

Career objective. You may choose to list or not list your career objective. If your objective doesn't match the recruiter's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your recruiter find an ideal career match.

Summary statement. Your summary should be brief.

  1. Include your title and years of experience.
  2. List pertinent skills and achievements.
  3. Discuss your character traits or work style.

Professional experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list the company once and then list the various positions to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and especially your accomplishments.

Other components. Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.

Personal information. Do not include personal information such as marital status, age, political affiliation, religion or SSN.

Accomplishments Employers Want To See

  1. Increased sales/revenues
  2. Saved money
  3. Improved workplace safety
  4. Successful new product introductions
  5. Increased productivity
  6. Successful advertising campaigns
  7. Effective budgeting
  8. Increased profits or minimizing losses
  9. Ability to build and/or run a division, business unit or program
  10. Contract wins and win percentages
  11. Managing the business development process
  12. Increased efficiencies – money saved, overhead cut, P&L achieved
  13. Implementing new procedures and policies
  14. Developing and fielding new products or services
  15. Successfully solving problems