Remember the old Head & Shoulders commercial…”You only get one chance to make a first impression.”
Well, with so many people searching for jobs these days it is of the utmost importance that YOU make a great first impression.
Simple. Your resume.
In most cases, the only thing you have to create that first impression with is your resume. And, it is your resume that will get you the interview.
Here are ten tips on how to write a resume…these are resume writing tips that will help you create not just any resume, but a professional resume that clearly stands out amongst all the other applicants…a resume that will help you create that great first impression.
1. When writing a resume use a professional resume format. The two most accepted resume formats today are chronological and functional. Personally, I prefer chronological. From the interviewer stand point I find it much easier to read and follow.
2. Create your resume in the proper order and with correct punctuation. Resumes with grammatical errors drive recruiters crazy. You can use spell check on Microsoft Word to check for spellings and grammar, but that is NOT enough. Print out your resume and re-read the hard copy AND then let a friend or colleague read your resume as well. It is amazing what a fresh pairs of eyes can find.
3. Organize your resume properly under headings (such as education, skills, work experience, training, etc.) and put those headings in bold.
4. Write your resume in such a way so that it matches YOUR skills and experience to the skills and experience needed for the available position. Highlight the details that match the employer’s requirement. This will make your resume look as if it was created for this particular job rather than one generic resume you send out to everyone.
5. Use “industry-oriented” words in your resume. You want to make sure you are using the jargon (keywords) of the profession…this gives the impression that you are an