How to Craft the Perfect Resume

When you think about writing your resume it is easy to consider it an easy task.  Jot down previous positions and the dates they were held, include education, done. The way a resume is written and structured can very, but it is an important tool to landing the job you really want and should not be overlooked.

Your resume is the key to your future, oftentimes people will place emphasis on job functions that they hated.  For example, of you are looking for a project-based position and used to hold a data entry position you should highlight the parts of the job that include working on projects.

When writing your resume, it is also important to know that you do not need to list every single job that you have ever had.  Jobs that you held 15 years or more in the past should be scrutinized.  Does the job relate to the position you are trying to obtain? Do you need to mention the position or would a short summary suffice?

When you are listing your recent and relevant experience it is also a good idea to quantify your achievements.  For example, your job function can state, “automated internal record-keeping processes, resulting in s 27 percent reduction in annual operating costs”.

If you have gaps in your recent work history, still list your jobs in reverse chronological order, include your volunteer experience or community service activities to fill the gaps.

Another important aspect of resume building is knowing that many companies use software to weed out the unqualified.  Pay attention to key words that they would be searching for, the key words can be industry terms and words used in the companies’ job description.

Formatting your resume for simplicity is also important. A few tips include:

  • Be concise on the summary, which follows your name and contact information, include your job title if you are trying to get a similar job or indicate what you want in your next position.
  • Unless you are a recent graduate, list your education after work experience.
  • Make sure it is easy to read both on screen and print.
  • Avoid long paragraphs, three lines maximum.
  • Make good use of white space, point size, boldface and bullets.
  • If you are a mid to late career professional don’t feel like you need to condense your resume to one page.
  • Make sure your resume is compatible with older versions of Word, as many companies are still using older versions.
  • Review your work. Have a friend family member, or any second set of eyes double check your resume.

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