Power Resume Writing
Your resume is a tool with one purpose: to gain an interview.
It should present you in the best possible light and convince a prospective employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this specific position or career. You don't have much time to impress with your resume - research shows that employers scan, rather than read resumes - so inorder to make sure it stimulates interest, follow these basic tips:
- Avoid colored paper or type, fancy fonts, photographs or clever delivery approaches
- Be truthful and don't be afraid to sell your skills
- Keep the look simple and make your point quickly
- Use the past tense and choose strong action verbs
- Avoid speaking about yourself in the third person
- Avoid jargon and acronyms that other people might not understand
- Tailor your resume for each specific application
- Include the company profile of the organizations that you have worked for
- Make your resume results oriented: give proof to back up your capability statements.
- Personal Information: Include your name, full address, telephone numbers (day/evening/mobile) and email address.
Key areas to strengthen your resume are:
- Qualifications: List both academic and non-academic qualifications in chronological order, giving grades. Do not include irrelevant information.
- Employment History: Beginning with your most recent job, include your responsibilities, duration of employment and reasons for leaving. Do not omit any period of employment for whatever reason, as this may prove awkward at interview.
- Personal Interests: Listing your interests is important, but do not generalize. For example, instead of simply saying 'soccer', you could expand and say that you have played for a local club for the last four years and are now publicity officer for the committee (but only if this is true).
- Check: Before submitting your resume, make sure you check it thoroughly, not just for spelling mistakes, but also to make sure that it is a clear representation of you, that it is relevant and that it will encourage the employer to contact you to find out more. Ask a friend to check it, too. Someone who works in the industry for which you are applying would be particularly beneficial.
For more hints and tips for resume writing and advice, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org