To stand out from the crowd your resume must be great.
Forget perfecting the interview for now. A poorly constructed resume will close doors before you ever had the chance to show off that dazzling personality.
We all have our own style but there are some basic rules to writing a resume people will read.
- Write the resume for someone who hates to read.
- Bullets draw the reader's eye to certain points you're making - you only have about 5 seconds to catch the reader’s interest.
- Recruiters don't have the time to read beautifully written poetry on your resume.
- You do want to paint a picture of your experience and you do want to be brief but you don't want to have a "duties" only resume. It won't impress.
- Saved a company some money or added to their profits? Mention it!
- Managers love metrics. This rule goes triple for anyone interested in sales and marketing. Numbers = attention.
- Looking for sales -> Focus your resume on sales.
- Looking for management -> Focus your resume on management
- You get the drift
- Stand out but don’t be gimmicky
- Feel you're an asset to an employer? How so?
- When did you shine?
- Spell check will cover spelling errors but it will not correct silly mistakes, like forgetting the ‘f’ in ‘for’ - ‘Or’ is still a word.
- This might seem like common sense but if you use your cell phone, put that on your resume. Home phone numbers aren’t the standard anymore.
- The job you're looking for requires 'Marshmallow Eating' experience and you have it? Make sure it's on your resume.