This is your first impression. Many people believe it's your appearance, voice inflection, handshake etc. that make a positive first impression. However, in a job search, the first impression a company receives from you is typically your resume. Think of yourself as a company and your resume as the marketing brochure. It describes the features of the company, and value and benefit of the products or services. Your resume is your initial selling tool and should be crafted to attract interest and help form a positive impression. Below you will find important information that should be included in your resume. Expand & read more
Your contact information should be listed at the top and be current with numbers and e-mail where people can immediately reach you, and at places where you can talk freely. If you are employed and confidentially looking, be careful of companies contacting you at your present employer via the phone or e-mail. It is recommended that you list a personal e-mail address on your resume rather than a work address.
You should tell people if you are immediately available for a new opportunity or to even interview. If you are not available to relocate or start for another 60 days due to mitigating circumstances, then indicate that on your resume or cover letter.
A resume objective is not a philosophy or general statement. Your objective should be tailored to the specific company or job opportunity. The more specific the objective, the better.
Many times positions require a certain educational background. List all degrees with year completed, any minor concentrations and special certifications (CPA, Six Sigma Black Belt etc.). If your GPA is a 3.0 or better, you graduated with honors, received any academic awards or scholarships, then list them on your resume.
List certain skills like fluency in foreign languages, proficiency in computers programs or software, and any specific equipment experience. If you possess advanced skills, then indicate that on the resume. In addition, if you are involved in any community activities or organizations, and hold leadership positions, list them on your resume. Remember that companies are looking for people who are well rounded in their professional and personal life.
List your experience in reverse chronological order starting with most current. You should include your dates of employment (month and year) and a brief explanation of responsibilities and job duties.
This is probably the most important part of your resume preparation. Performance based accomplishments should be in bullet format and listed directly under your responsibilities for each position. These accomplishments (successes) should be quantifiable, action-oriented, time-based and show the results/benefits for the organization. Past performance is the best indicator of future success and your previous accomplishments can make you stand out from other resumes being considered. To learn more about how to build quantifiable accomplishments in your resume, view "How to build a Power Resume".
There are many different resume formats. The format you utilize must present your experience, accomplishments and benefits in a format that is attractive, concise and holds the readers interest. Some following resume format suggestions... Expand & read more
A "Power Resume" clearly communicates a person's value, their ability to execute and attracts immediate interest from the reader. It does not simply tell a story or expound on job duties and descriptions. It qualifies and quantifies a person's successes and past accomplishments. These past accomplishments are the best indicators of future performance. This is why companies look to first hire internally. The internal person is a known quantity and the past performance is proven. Read below to learn how to craft and incorporate previous successes into your resume, and make a positive and impacting impression. Expand & read more
As you progress in your professional career, the more important it becomes to talk in terms of successes and accomplishments. People know you have the skills required by the position or opportunity - the question you must answer for them is "Can you execute and apply the skills you have with some defined positive results for your department or organization?". Please click here to see a sample resume.