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5 Resume Tips

April 14

Your resume is a marketing tool to get you in the company and in front of the hiring manager. Once you are in, you will need to put on your sales cap, and close the deal. You don’t need to go into detail about every success in your resume. Try to be clear and concise. The purpose is to generate enough interest in you so that the potential employer will contact you. Before you send out your resume, take the time to read it as if you were the hiring manager. How does your resume sound when you read it out loud? Do your accomplishments stand out? How does it look? Make sure it is nice on the eyes and not single spaced or in ALL CAPS.

  1. Use bullet points in your resume. Having short, easy to read sentences will help ensure that your resume is read.
  2. Make sure to use numbers. Instead of saying “I sold widgets to many Fortune 100 companies”, you would be much better off to use, “I increased sales by 22% while adding 7 new clients”.
  3. Match your resume to the job or company that you are interviewing with. Most people have a multitude of skill sets. You should highlight those skills that match best with the job that you’re interviewing for.
  4. Be positive. Don’t include things that could be a negative to the hiring manager. Age, race, weight, height, marital status, religion – these are all things that don’t belong on a professional resume. Also, avoid any filler text that describes duties that are far removed from the position you are interviewing for.
  5. Have friends and family read your resume. You will be surprised at how you can continually overlook glaring mistakes and/or spelling errors. These things need to be captured before you send the resume out. Your friends should also feel free to tell you if your resume doesn’t flow well or make sense. Don’t be offended if you get some negative feedback. You should be thankful that you caught any mistakes at this point.

Now, start applying for those jobs!

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