Resume Guideline Series

Goal for writing your resume:  Be specific. Make sure that you are highlighting your most relevant experience first and highlighting the key skills and qualifications you possess that relate to the position.


Format: Be logical with your formatting. Make it clean by balancing the amount of white space and text, and use clear headings.  Be selective in applying bold/italic typeface grabbing reader’s eyes.  Be concise and neat.


Presentation:  Give your resume style, be conservatively distinctive.  You might want to consider when handing out a paper form/copy of your resume, to incorporate a little creativity.  Perhaps light gray paper with a white border, or light ivory with a darker border.


Listing experiences: Use action verbs to describe your achievements, avoid passive/cliche phrases such as responsible for and duties include.  Portray skills applicable and transferable to the position you are targeting.  Demonstrate how you acquired your skills without actually saying them.  Show don’t tell.  Identify your accomplishments and highlight on them.  For each point ask yourself, what was the benefit of having done what I did? Remember for each resume you send out, you will highlight only the accomplishments and skills relevant to the job.


Statistical fact:  According to CNN, 51% of all resumes are processed via a tracking system that works by detecting keywords.  These keywords are selected on the basis of what the recruiters are looking for in candidates and are usually found in the job advertisement itself.


Structure your resume in a story form:  For each experience just as suggested in job interview responses, have a situation, an action and a result.  However due to hiring managers tendencies to quickly read job seeker’s resume, you need to tell the story backwards.  Grab the reader’s attention by giving away the ending first.  Result, action, and situation.






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