Let’s face it. Writing a resume is kind of hard, particularly if you have never written one before. What goes where? What do you include? What don’t you include?
Before we get started, check this out:
DailyWritingTips.com offers 44 resume-writing tips. Here are just a few:
Use the right keywords
Check the description for the job you’re applying for to see what the employee is looking for, and use those keywords to enhance your resume
Proofread it – at least twice
And by proofreading we don’t mean using spell check. Ask someone you trust and someone who knows grammar well to read it over. One small typo will get your resume tossed in the reject file. Use these proofreading techniques if you need to.
Put the most important information first
For example, put your most recent work experience first. When listing your skills, put the most important one at the top of the list.
Write one resume for each employer
Tailor your resume to each employer. Do not send out one standard resume to everyone. It will decrease your chances of getting an interview.
After you’ve followed that advice, how do you make your resume stand out? College Parents of America offers one huge piece of advice: Focus on specific accomplishments.
A big mistake that many college students make is listing the responsibilities of a particular position that anyone in that position would do. Instead, you should list specifically what you did in that position. Use numbers, data and records because those measurable details will really improve your resume. A resume that focuses on accomplishments will be powerful and help you stand out from the other people competing for the same job.
Do you have any suggestions? If so, please share.