Improve Your Resume in a Snap

Think your resume’s the best it can be?  Think again.  Most resumes can be improved in some way and if you’ve been stuck in a job search rut it could be your resume needs some updating.  Building an effective resume isn’t just about the information it contains.  How you present that information can be equally as important.

These tips can help improve your resume in no time.

Use your space to your advantage.  The space on your resume is limited.  Instead of having a skills section on your resume you can talk about these skills in depth when you discuss previous experience.  By doing this, you can give specific examples and better showcase your skills to potential employers.  Alternatively, you can mention relevant skills  in your cover letter to tailor examples to the specific employment opportunity.

Don’t be boxed in by formatting.  Traditional resume formats not working for you?  That’s fine.  There is no one correct way to format a resume.  Remember: Your resume is about you.  The point is to show off your skills and experience in the best way for you.

Avoid vague phrasing.  The header “professional experience” is too vague.  Headings such as “marketing experience” do a better job of telling potential employers what type of job you’re seeking as well as giving them a better idea of what they’ll find in this section.

Don’t Toot Your Own Horn.  Don’t tell employers you were successful in previous jobs.  This is a waste of time.  It’s not your job to assess your previous work experience and employers won’t appreciate being told what to think.  Your employer and your references will be the ones to decide what they think is good work.

Draw Attention to Proper Names.  You want employers to know what companies you worked for in the past.  This information is paramount to the job hunt and you don’t want it to get lost in your resume.

Pay attention to details.  Emails, phone numbers, and voicemails are more important than you might think.  Its important to be professional.  Using your high school email on a resume?  Bad idea.  Managers won’t want to hire “AbercrombieGurl” as a marketing executive.  Only put one phone number on your resume.  Employers won’t want to guess which number to call.  And once they call that number?  Its probably best if they’re not greeted by a voicemail featuring your kids.

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