The job market is improving, and many people will be looking for a job or hoping to change careers. In addition, by keeping your resume updated even when you do not plan to search for a job, you will be prepared if a better opportunity arises.
The following tips will help you put together a winning resume.
- Limit the resume to one or two pages; employers are time strapped.
- Instead of a job objective, briefly profile your achievements under the heading accomplishments.
- Use the keywords from the job description or from your particular industry.
- Locate important information in a prominent place where employers will see it during a 30-second scan of the resume.
- Quantify whenever possible--use numbers, dollar amounts, and percentages.
- Do not overuse fancy fonts, underlines, bullets, bold, boxes, tabs, etc.
- List a professional email address.
- Never lie or exaggerate your experience, skills, achievements, or education.
- Do not list references on the resume; prepare a separate reference page.
- Customize the resume to fit the job description.
- Always send a customized cover letter with the resume showing how your qualifications meet the employer's needs.
- Proofread carefully checking spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- If mailing a resume, print it on quality paper.
A well-prepared resume just may get you that job interview.