How to Prepare a Better Resume
Get Your Foot in the Door
Your resume is the equivalent of getting your foot in the door. Once you have an interview you can dazzle them with your knowledge and sparkling personality.
So how do you get your foot in the door? Here are pointers on how to prepare a better resume.
Pointers for Preparing a Better Resume
Use a basic font that is easy to read. Ariel is a common choice. Verdana is another good font. Choose a professional looking template. Never include pictures or images. A well-written resume in a basic format will create a much better impression than a resume with a flashy layout. If sending your resume in a file, always format it as a PDF and name it “Your name’s resume”.
Include a brief mission statement about yourself and the type of position you seek near the top of the resume that is targeted to the particular position for which you are applying. No generic phrases should be used. This will make your resume stand out and show the prospective employer you took the time to pursue a specific opening.
Proof-read your resume and make sure there are no grammar or spelling errors. This is important for making a good first impression.
Resumes are read quickly so do not use lengthy paragraphs. Try to keep your resume to one page if possible.
Do not use a general resume every time you apply for a job. You don’t need to change your information each time but make it specific to the job you are applying for. Look at the job ad and use words in the ad in your resume and match them to your skills.
List all of your experience, even if it appears to be irrelevant. You never know what qualities an employer is looking for in his or her employees. Include unpaid internships and volunteer work.
Make sure you list all computer skills. This is especially important in today’s job world. Do not include any computer programs you have not used recently or you are not very proficient in.
Make sure the top of the resume includes your most impressive points. If you have excellent experience, then list that before your education. If you have little experience, list your education first. Include highlights of classes that taught you information relevant to the job you are seeking.
Always use the past tense when describing a job, even for your current job. Always use action verbs and power words when describing jobs.
Do not include any videos or links to places you have worked. If the employer is interested, he or she will find it on their own.
You should not include any high school activities unless they are relevant to the position you are seeking.
Include all of your contact information so it is easy for the employer to contact you. Include your email address and cell phone number. Make sure your email address is appropriate and not something like firstname.lastname@example.org and it is one you will still use in the future.
Do not include hobbies. Most of the time hobbies are not relevant and they should not be included.
Do not use phrases such as “available for interview” or “references available upon request”. These are not necessary. If you apply for a position, you obviously want an interview and you better have references.
You are trying to sell yourself so it is very important to make it an honest assessment of yourself and your abilities. Never lie. You will get caught.
A Good Resume is Well Worth the Time
If you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to getting your foot in the door.