ResumesThere are two schools of thought when sitting down to write that resume that is going to get that interview doing dream job. You can follow the traditional type of cover letter and resume, or, make it a stunning and winning resume that will catch your potential employer's eye.
Here are ten tips to a resume that is going to get you that interview. Remember, an employer will receive hundreds of resumes on their desk or inbox that will either be discarded or remembered. The purpose of the entire resume process is to make your resume one that is remembered.
- Formatting and feel really does matter. The resume at first glance needs to be well-spaced and in an easy to read font. This encourages employers to read further about you and your experiences. Print out your resume on good quality paper and mail it out in a plain envelope with postage applied using a good old fashioned stamp. This shows that as a potential candidate, you have integrity.
- Spelling and grammar. This is of the utmost importance as there is nothing worse than seeing a resume laden with spelling and grammar mistakes. If you are unsure if your spelling and grammar are accurate, have someone else that is proficient in these areas read over your resume.
- Contact information. This means that all email, instant messaging, telephone information needs to be accurate. If you know you are never going to be home at every possible minute and you have a cell phone, include that on your resume.
- Write a customizable and informative "objective" statement to each of the employers you send your resume to.
- Include a customized section with the heading "career highlights/qualifications" and put in bulleted form the emphasis on your career experiences, your applicable skills, personality traits and characteristics along with some of your key accomplishments.
- Each of your former employers needs to be listed along with the company name, dates you were employed, position held and a brief overview of what you did at each of the companies.
- Include a list of what you feel are your "key contributions" or "key achievements" that you fulfilled with each of your positions. List all your strengths and weaknesses as well.
- Make sure you include all your education levels and any the dates and schools you attended (employers will check on these, especially if they are degree programs).
- Include a section on what awards and other recognition items that show the potential employer that you do look outside of work to get involved in continuing education or extra-curricular activities.
- Ensure you have a section on your accomplishments that you engaged in that would show an employer that you are worthy of being taken on as an employee.