Your Resume Is A Marketing Tool
Since it only takes a handful of seconds to make a first impression, don’t overlook these important tips.
- An objective is not necessary if you are using the same resume for various positions. If you decide to include it, make it relevant to the position you are applying for.
- Use plain English. Sometimes big words are not always better.
- Include dates of employment versus a skills based resume; leaving them off looks suspicious.
- Do not include marital status, personal interests, health status (even if you are in perfect condition), age, and recreational activities.
- Two page resumes are acceptable.
- Unless you have just graduated from high school or college, do not list classes taken.
- Do go back 10-15 years for your employment history. Beyond that is not necessary.
- Be specific. A resume should include work experience, education, specific skills, and current volunteer information. It doesn’t need to be a document highlighting every detail of your career.
- Resumes absolutely need to be free of errors. Proofread even the resumes you have professionally done.
- Include a cover letter with your resume.
- Avoid using I.
- Use action verbs to describe your previous responsibilities.
- Less is more!