May 16

Resume Writing Best Practices

You see this at the end of every job posting, “Please Attach Resume.” As you click to attach your resume to the e-mail have you taken a second to REALLY look at your own resume? Having a second glance can help bring yours from the bottom of the pile to the top for the jobs you apply for. Below are a couple of tips to keep in mind before you hit send-

  • Make sure your resume does not read like a novel. Most likely the hiring manager for the job you are applying for receives hundreds of resumes a day. Narrowing down your resume to one page creates a quick read for the employer to get the facts about your amazing skills set!
  • You don’t have to put every single job you have ever done in your whole life on your resume. Depending on the job you are applying for you may have 2 or 3 different versions of your resume that apply best to each position. Take time to read the job description and put in your experience or skills that would best suit that position to catch the employer’s eye.
  • Create a clear and legible format for your resume. This is the employer’s first impression of you, make it a good one! If there are misspellings, odd spacing, and inconsistent fonts you can come across as if you are careless and do not pay attention to detail, which in many positions is a must. Take a minute, take a breath and proofread!
  • In each section of your resume, keep the explanation of your skills short and sweet starting with action verbs. If you land the interview make sure to bring your resume with you and if the time is right you can elaborate on those short statements.
  • This is a surprisingly common mistake, but make sure your contact information on your resume is up to date. If you move, change phone numbers or e-mail addresses include that on your resume. If the employer attempts to reach out to you to schedule an interview you do not want to miss it! Also, make sure you have a professional e-mail address. I recommend using the first letter of your first name and your last with @Gmail, @yahoo, etc., at the end.

Leave a comment below on your own resume writing experience!

-Catherine Feeney, Community Outreach Manager




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