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Basic resume tips that can improve your document

Thought I would give you some resume tips after being at a career fair on Monday. I completed resume reviews for an ongoing flow of job seekers attending. I saw some trends and thought a few tips could be shared to make it easier on those just starting to build their own resume. These are quite basic, but important.

1 of 3 Resume Tips: Do not use “I” on a resume. Resumes are written in phrases, not actual sentences, so start you phrases with a verb, noun, adjective, etc. For example:

  • Do not write: I have 10 years experience in sales.
  • Instead, write: Ten years of experience in sales.

2 of 3 Resume Tips: Make sure you end each phrase with a period. I saw a lot of resumes at the career fair where periods weren’t used at the end of bullets. If the bullets are all truly short with just a few words then this might be OK, but if some are the typical length of a sentence, use periods. And be consistent and use throughout the document. For example:

Do not write:

  • Sold various products (This is not a typical sentence I would write in a resume and is only used to make a point about using periods.)
  • Met with potential customers to promote products and the best options based on their needs
  • Increased sales 200% over 2 years, exceeding the annual sales target

Instead, it should be

  • Sold various products.
  • Met with potential customers to promote products and the best options based on their needs.
  • Increased sales 200% over 2 years, exceeding the annual sales target.

3 of 3 Resume Tips: State the position title that you are seeking at the top of the resume, so the employer is clear on the job you are interested in. Don’t leave it for them to guess. If you don’t state it, how will they know? You could be passed up. And many employers don’t take the time to read the cover letter, so it needs to be in the resume, right under your personal information

Do not simply start the resume with the profile paragraph or your experience section. Make sure the type of position you are applying for is at the top in bold before you start adding these other sections.

If you haven’t written a resume before or for quite a while, I suggest you go to the bookstore and find some resume books. Look for books written by Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmack, although there are a number of books you can choose from with hundreds of samples. They can give you ideas of what to write and how to format. You can keep things simple, but you need to follow certain guidelines. These books can provide that guidance. Otherwise, contact a professional resume writer to do it for you.

Check out this link for further suggestions: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/five-tips-for-better-resume-writing.html

 

 

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