Great Tips for Writing a Winning Resume

Great Tips for Writing a Winning Resume

Recruiters receive hundreds of resumes each and every day. So a standout resume is a must!

Check out these 10 tips to help build a resume that will land you your dream job!

  1. The goal of your resume is to help you get a job interview. Your resume should be an advertisement that presents you in the best possible light. It is NOT a job application. It is not a confessional. Stick to what makes you look good.
  2. The content of your resume is not just about past jobs. It's about you and what you've achieved in your career. Dwell on the accomplishments that are most relevant to the job you're applying for.
  3. Instead of starting your resume with "responsibilities included" try changing it to "accomplishments."
  4. Always include your job objective. It shows a sense of direction. State your objective clearly and succinctly. Leave out the fluff.
  5. Use a chronological order rather than a functional format. The chronological format is preferred by employers and works well if you're staying in the same field and can show upward mobility. If you're changing fields, then a functional, skill-oriented format will help show that your skills are transferable.
  6. Don't have experience in your chosen field? Get some! Many companies will allow you to do volunteer work to get the necessary experience. You can volunteer one day a week. This gives you some practical work experience to put on your resume.
  7. Gaps in your work experience are red flags to interviewers. Try to fill those gaps as honestly as possible. For example, if you stayed home to raise your children, traveled or went back to school, try:

      2005 - 2009: Full-time parent or
      2005 - 2009: Full-time student
      2005 - 2009: Travel
  8. Make your resume specific to each job you're applying for. Structure your job objectives to the goals of each job. A targeted resume is much stronger and effective than a generic resume.
  9. Did you have a few years where you jumped to several different jobs? Group them to show consistency. For example:

      2006 - 2008: Secretary/Receptionist - Smith Electronics, Micro Data, Dalton Inc.
  10. If your job title didn't really reflect your level of responsibility, replace it with a more appropriate title. You can also combine the two if you prefer: Administrative Assistant (Office Manager).