Resumes: 30 Plus Items You Must Know

I know, you are tired of looking at it and working on it, but it is the situation that nothing will impact your job search more than your resume. A resume is no different than an advertisement companies use every day to generate interest and sell products and services. Most resumes, like many advertisements, are sunk from the start. Do not let that happen.

  1. Make a sharp professional first impression. Look and feel grabs attention intially.
  2. Do not make the mistake of relying on resume templates and samples to produce.
  3. Know as much about what not to put in your resume as you do about what to put in.
  4. Do not waste your valuable time with resume builders, or anything else free.
  5. Your resume should have a professional appearance appropriate for your job.
  6. Based on the job opening, think about what the hiring manager would want and need.
  7. Position your bullet points correctly and word them appropriately. Size does matter.
  8. Use standard fonts including an appropriate size. Most people go wrong in this area.
  9. Be neat and error free. The slightest error will change a hiring manager's perception.
  10. Do not make your resume too short or too long. There is a correct length.
  11. Use appropriate action verbs, adverbs, and adjectives but do not overdo it.
  12. Use words that show an extensive vocabulary. Do not misuse a word.
  13. Use your summary to grab the attention of the reader and make them want more.
  14. Craft your headline in such a way as to not exclude yourself from other positions.
  15. Do not give details as to why you are no longer with a previous employer.
  16. Avoid personal pronouns or referring to yourself by using your own name.
  17. Use keywords and buzzwords relevant to your industry and job. Avoid ambiguity.
  18. Make reading your resume a pleasant and engaging experience.
  19. Indicate accomplishments, duties, and responsibilities but structure it properly.
  20. Package your education accurately and place it in the appropriate area.
  21. List relevant information in detail. You must know what to include and not to include.
  22. Highlight key points, skills, and accomplishments. Try to impress a hiring manager.
  23. Email your resume in the proper format and make sure it prints out beautifully.
  24. Take care with your resume if you are trying to change careers. Packaging is key.
  25. Title yourself correctly with regard to past positions to help match the job opening.
  26. Summarize information logically, and only include information that is important.
  27. Quantify experience and accomplishments when appropriate, but don't overdo it.
  28. Accurately prioritize the content and sections of your resume for maximum impact.
  29. Avoid questionable subjects and content. Watch out for inappropriate items.
  30. Sell yourself really well. This is a professional marketing brochure and advertisement.
  31. If entry level, package your resume appropriately for your targeted area.
  32. Do not rely on your own critique of your resume. Do not rely on friends and family.
  33. Have your resume professionally prepared. It is a very worthwhile investment.

Reprinted by Permission: Professional Recruiter Org