Regardless of which format you use or what information you choose to include or omit, there are certain things you can do to help your resume stand out above the crowd.
During this lesson, you will review tips and strategies for creating a winning resume and identify common mistakes to avoid in the process. You will also learn about considerations for including links to online profiles and personal webpages.
Tips for writing a great resume
In the next unit, we will be going into greater detail on how to write each section of your resume. However, before we begin, it's a good idea to understand the general tips and strategies that can really make your resume shine.
Consider using the following techniques as you approach writing your resume.
- Customize your resume for each position you are submitting it for.
Use your summary or profile section to highlight your skills and expertise as they relate to the specific job. Better yet, carry this customization throughout the entire resume. It may be convenient to create several versions of your resume based on common positions you will be applying for, thus eliminating the amount of customization you will have to do for each job.
- Make sure the rest of your resume supports your summary, profile, or objective.
If you include in your summary that you have been "a consistent top seller for your region", you should include specific examples in the body of your resume to reinforce this statement.
- Include key words on your resume.
Keep the job description close by when you are customizing your resume, so that you are including key words and phrases that fit the job, field, or occupation. Recruiters often scan a resume in under 15 seconds. They are looking for key words that show you have the skills and knowledge required for the position.
- Be concise.
Because some recruiters look at as many as 500 resumes to fill one position, they want to see your accomplishments, skills, and experiences in as few words as possible. Bullet points and very concise language can showcase your communication skills while highlighting your areas of expertise.
- List your past work accomplishments (not just your responsibilities) using some form of measures.
Hiring managers want to compare your skills and abilities to the other candidates they are considering. For example, tell them what percentage you increased sales or the number of staff that you managed or the specific scope of a project.