WHEN YOU EMBARK ON ANY JOB SEARCH, A WELL-WRITTEN, PROFESSIONAL RÉSUMÉ IS THE FIRST STEP TO SUCCESS.
The résumé acts as your introduction to employers and is designed to tell them who you are, what you know, and, most importantly, aid you in getting to that all-important second stage - the interview. We've listed a few tips on résumé writing to help you out.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
- Summarize the past five years of your career in one or two pages.
- Be direct, brief, and stay focused on employment-related details.
- Notify references included on your résumé.
- Use a clear and commonly used font. Arial, Times New Roman, and Verdana work well.
- Emphasize your greatest accomplishments and strongest qualities using bullet points.
- Organize your information in a consistent, chronological manner.
- Your name and contact information should be prominently featured at the top of each page.
- Outline your work experience in reverse chronological order.
- Include dates of employment, positions held, and all names of companies worked for.
- Education should list all relevant degrees and additional skill advancements undertaken.
- A section listing level of proficiency and experience with technologies is of great value.
- Present yourself as a solution by addressing the employer's needs with your résumé.
- Use short, punchy prose to convey as much relevant information as you can in the shortest possible space.
- Focus on achievements that have won you praise from colleagues and superiors.