Have you been applying to jobs for a while and not receiving any interviews? Your resume may need some work.
Check out these resume tips:
1. Tailor and target your resume.
Tailor and target your resume to the job posting, providing relevant information and keywords to grab the attention of hiring managers. To research what keywords to use, visit O*NET online or CareerOneStop.
2. Keep it to one page.
One page is great, no more than two pages!
3. Is something missing in your contact information?
Ensure your contact information includes your full name, phone, and email address. Use a professional and appropriate email address. Your full home address is not required – just city and state. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile as applicable (customize your profile URL first)
4. Create a strong professional summary.
Consider adding a strong professional summary to highlight your skills, using keywords from the industry and the job you are applying for, instead of a generic objective. A summary/objective is not mandatory.
5. Add skills.
Create a list of relevant skills to include on your resume, including both hard skills and soft skills
6. Bullet points = readable.
Use bullet points for work history descriptions so that hiring managers can easily read it.
7. Write an effective work history description.
When writing your work history descriptions, consider these questions:
- What was your impact? How did you add value?
- Did you save the company money, time, or resources? How?
- Were you awarded or recognized?
8. Add action words.
Use strong action words and quantify your accomplishments and achievements. Include numbers, percentages, dollar amounts, and examples of success.
9. Why are you a good fit?
Explain why you would be a good fit for the role (education, certifications, experience, skills).
10. Don’t use first person.
Avoid the use of personal pronouns (I, me, my, we).
11. Remember Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
Optimize your resume for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).
12. Don’t forget to proofread.
Proofread and edit your resume to ensure no spelling, grammar, or format errors.
13. Format properly.
A standard resume format is 10 or 12 font size with page margins of one inch on all sides.
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