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Becky Wiechman

A few tips I like to offer people on resumes:
1) Unless you have an extensive career, your resume should really be one page. A computer will pre-screen it, but then an HR professional or even hiring manager will spend about 10-30 seconds looking at it. Two pages is not going to help you if you can't be succinct.
2) Your resume should highlight the very skills that are listed in the job description you are applying for. If the job description says they are looking for someone creative and can multi-task and stay organized, show in examples on your resume how you have demonstrated those skills.
3) The bullet points on your resume should not be a job description of the job you held. Do not list your responsibilities. List your accomplishments. Show us what YOU brought to the job that no one else can claim, quantify it wherever possible, and always share the result. Instead of saying something like, "Responsible for filing paperwork," say (only if it's true) "Designed system for paperwork filing which increased productivity by 20%." Of course, this is just an example and you should only say what's truthful, but by demonstrating an accomplishment, you immediately sound more impressive and the reader can understand the scope of what you did. Otherwise you sound like someone who just clocks in for the day and doesn't care (no hiring manager wants that).
4) Your bullet points can also be listed using ACR format--Action, context, result. Start with an action word for what you did, share just enough context that the reader knows what you mean, and a result that shows the scope of what you did.
5) Resume language should be succinct and puchy. No unnecessary words.
6) Pay attention to detail. There usually isn't any need to include a home address on a resume anymore, other than maybe a home town. Email and phone number are fine. But be careful what that email address is. Devil@hellraiser.com or prettyprincess@hellokitty.com doesn't look very professional. Get something generic like Yahoo! or Gmail, and just use your name.

Answered 3 years ago

Becky Wiechman
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LaCashana Knight

Many resumes are pre-screened by electronic means. This means a person will not look at your resume until it has "passed" a computer automated screening. A way to make it past the preliminary screening software is to ensure you use "key" words that are present in the job advertising. Use relevant keyword throughout your resume such as words listed int he companies job title or words called out as criteria. Also use notable training experience that relate to the job from known industries. Finally, I would suggest using bullet format vs. a paragraph.

This will aid in getting you through the preliminary screening so that your resume will reach an employer. Beyond that I offer this:

Include a cover letter
Start out strong
Summarize
Use testimonials vs references

Answered 3 years ago

LaCashana Knight
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Karey Bohmer

One thing that impressed me with a resume was a candidate had a QR code on their resume that went right to their linked in profile. Impressive!

Answered 3 years ago

Karey Bohmer
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Elisa Reynoso

If you have solid information to put on your resume, this is a huge plus! For example, if you are in sales, include what your average in sales is annually (because that number looks much higher than a monthly sales number) because hiring companies like to see specifics. If you SAVED money for a company, be sure to include these dollar figures as well. This is a huge plus on resumes.

Answered 3 years ago

Elisa Reynoso