Get in the Door
The resume promotes you as the most suited candidate for the job opening. Your background must make a match to the job posting. The document will be your first impression to a hiring manager. It will talk for you. This is why your resume must be properly done. A decision maker will be going through candidates and screening them out. Those who are left will win an interview.
Tips for a Great Resume
Be truthful. You cannot fake your background for ever. You will be discovered for who you are eventually.
Make sure your contact information is included and is completely accurate. Your header should have your full name, address, phone number and email address.
Create a summary paragraph of your key achievements. This can include the impressive traits that you possess such as reliable, team player, and leader.
Next you can go into your work experience, starting from the most recent. After you list the employer’s name and address, you will list your key performance indicators from that job. These are measurable achievements. Try to use numbers when quantifying your contribution to the company.
There is some debate about whether or not to include your references. Sometimes if a hiring manager recognizes a familiar name in your reference list, you will make an immediate connection. This is especially true in a small community or in a close knit industry. Of course, you will need to get permission from any reference to use their name and contact information.
Proofread your resume meticulously. Employers look closely at grammar and spelling. Misspelled words and typographical errors can be an immediate turn off. Check your contact information again. The worst mistake you can make is to have someone interested in you, but they cannot reach you.
Remain organized. You might have a significant work history. Only include jobs that relate closely to the one for which you are applying. Keep your document clean looking. Do not use too many fonts. Stay with professional looking fonts such as Arial, Helvetica or Calibri. You can use a different font on your titles to help them stand out. Watch your spacing and keep it uniform throughout. The same is true for indents and paragraphs. Look at your resume as a whole. How does it look in total? It should be pleasing to the eye.
Most people know how to put together a resume. A successful resume, however, is created when there is attention to detail. These were just a few tips to get you started. Take the time to find out how to be constantly improving. The best source of advice is from hiring managers. If you can find articles written from their perspective, you will have a good resource and many advantages.