Have you recently entered or re-entered the workforce, started a new job, completed a big project or recently passed a certification exam? Well then, now is a great time to create, update or polish your resume!
Here are 4 helpful tips to guide you in creating a best-in-class resume!
The Prework: Customize Resume
Understanding your audience is the key to a successful resume.
- Familiarize yourself with the organization and specific job you are applying for.
- Follow the organization through its social media platforms.
- Review the “about” section of the organization. Look for key elements you can plug into your resume that match the company culture
- Review your resume side by side with the job description. Match keywords from the job description to your resume where applicable.
Keep it Simple: Resume Format
Your resume may be reviewed by an Applicant Tracking System before an actual person.
- Create a simple, clean, and easy-to-read format for your resume.
- Resume building templates can be difficult to alter formatting to fit your specific needs. Tables, columns, graphics and other add ons can cause issues when submitting your resume to apply.
- Choose a clean and simple font and color. Try using bold and italic for emphasis rather than font color.
- Keep the page count to 1-2 pages.
Your resume is your opportunity to brag about your accomplishments and impact you have made in your career. Walk the reader through your career journey and development.
- Begin with a career summary, illustrate what you bring to the table for your prospective employer.
- Build your career experiences in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
- Structure your expertise & accomplishments using bullet points vs sentences.
- Include education, certifications, and professional affiliations.
Dos & Donts: What to Leave Off of Resume
What you avoid listing on your resume is almost as important as what you do list.
- Don’t provide past supervisors and references
- Don’t include your full address. Only include your city, state and zip code
- Don’t use unprofessional email addresses.
- Don’t use the lengthy default LinkedIn personal link. Use the shortened LinkedIn address you can customize.
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