TIPS FOR CREATING A WINNING RESUME



1. Title. Add a Title to the Resume in Line with Your Career Goal.


2. Replace that Objective with a Summary. Communicate to the Employer Your Skills and Why You are the Person for that Job!


3. Add Core Competencies. Communicate that You Have the Skills for the Job and Adds Keywords for the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).


4. Communicate Your Value in Each Bullet Throughout Your Career History. Showcase Your Accomplishments, Not Just Your Responsibilities.


5. Nix the Text Boxes, Tables, and Pictures. Resume Databases/Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) Can't Always Read Them and They Could Be Omitted or "Jumbled" When You Upload Your Resume. Save the Graphics for Your Sizzle Sheet.


6. Proof It and Proof It Again for Consistency, Grammar, Punctuation, and Formatting. Love Using the Oxford Comma, Use it Throughout the Resume. Hate It? Nix It Throughout the Resume.


7. Ensure Your Phone and Email are Correct.


8. Use Numbers. Gained an Increase in Sales? Pull Out Those Sales Reports to Find Out How Much You Increased Sales. Numbers Add Value.


9. No Lies. I Guarantee You Have Tangible Proven Accomplishments. Find Them and Communicate Them.


10. General Rule is to Go Back in Detail 10 Years. But, There Are Cases Where This General Rule Does Not Apply, i.e. You Had the Same Position for 30 Years, Etc.


11. Maximum Resume Length is Two Pages and Only About 50% of Hiring Managers will Even Read the Second Page. Prioritize Your Content and Include Your Most Relevant Information on the First Page.


12. Use Action Verbs. They Get Noticed.


13. Use Bold to Emphasize Your End Results. Ensure They Get Noticed.


14. Customize Your Resume for Individual Career Paths. You May Not Need to Change Your Career History, But Change Your Summary. Have a Resume for Each Dedicated Career Direction.


15. Format It So It Gains Attention. Avoid Common and Outdated Resume Formats and Engage Your Reader.