The best resume doesn't guarantee you the job, but a poorly crafted resume can take you out of the running completely. Your resume helps prospective employers develop their critical first impression of you. It's a "calling card" that plays a crucial role in securing interviews.
When Developing Your Resume, Always:
- Be accurate and truthful.
- Use bulleted statements where possible. This makes it easier to scan your resume.
- Begin sentences with action verbs instead of "I." Avoid lofty, redundant language, puns and wordplays. Use professional jargon, acronyms and abbreviations sparingly.
- Customize your resume to focus on your skills and qualifications related to the position.
- Describe significant contributions at your current and previous positions and, if possible, how they impacted the bottom line.Proofread carefully. Use a professional, easy to read typeface, white or ivory bond paper and black ink. No formatting gimmicks.
- Be sure to mention software and product applications with which you have experience.
When Developing Your Resume, Never:
- Misrepresent your work experience or education. One fabrication can be grounds for termination.
- Use exact dates. Months and years are sufficient.
- Detail every aspect of your career. If your resume exceeds two pages, you've probably included irrelevant information.
- Give reasons for termination or leaving a job.