Writing a good resume is an art, but that doesn’t mean it’s overly difficult.
Opinions abound, but if you keep the following 5 points in mind, your resume should benefit instantaneously:
1) Ignore the “stick to one page” rule if applying for anything other than an entry level position. Employers want to see that you have experience relevant to the position, and the more you have the better.
2.) Keep your verbs parallel. For example, most resumes list previous positions with a list of actions that the applicant was responsible for. When doing so, make sure all of your verbs are in the proper tense. For previous jobs, all of the verbs should be in the past tense, and if listing a current job, the verbs should be in the present tense.
3) Tailor & tweak your resume to the position you are applying for. This isn’t to say you should lie. However, look at the job description that you are applying for, and look back at your previous positions to see if you have experience in doing the things asked. If so, be sure to list them on your resume under the corresponding position.
4) Keep it simple. Employers aren’t interested in knowing that you aced your AP vocabulary tests. Instead, they want to know what you know, and they want that made clear and concise. Getting to the point quickly and clearly is a skill that’s rare in the workplace, so if you accomplish this, your value will rise.
5) Use an email account that won’t bring any undue scrutiny. Fuzzyslippers@yahoo.com, email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org aren’t the types of addresses you want your future employer to see. If you don’t have a vanilla sounding email address, than please create one specifically for your resume. A suggestion might be to pick an address that has your name (or part of your name) in it, or something that relates to the profession in which your seeking employment.
The next time you’re applying for a job, try the steps above, and hopefully it’ll be the difference maker for you.