Resume writing pointers
There are many resume writing experts, workshops, books, articles, and advice on the Internet. We have compiled a few for your reference too. These sources are accurate and solid. But before you start taking notes, here are a few key points to remember:
- Use the right keywords to describe your skills and experience so that your resume can be easily picked out of the database.
- Be current. Your information stays on file in the computerized databank and is incorporated into ongoing search processes. This allows your resume to be searched for current openings over a period of time.
- Focus on nouns, not verbs. While you still want to incorporate "action verbs" (such as achieved, acquired, constructed, doubled, maximized, interpreted and negotiated), you need to pay attention to the nouns that describe your role.
- Use acronyms and also spell them out. E.g.: CAD/Computer Aided Design.
- Be accurate. Remember that if your dates and information are not correct, it could result in no offers.
- It is good to have an objective, but include it in your cover letter. Save the body of the resume to highlight your accomplishments.
- When detailing your area of responsibility, make it as concise and detailed as possible. Be specific, use your most current employer, as long as it is significant to the position you are going after. Remember, you are selling your accomplishments to a future employer who's asking, "What can you do for me?"
- Bullets are easier to read than paragraphs.
- Honesty and integrity are the key elements employers are looking for.
- Make sure that your resume is print-ready. It should be on white paper and clearly typed in Word DOC format.
- Never leave out important information like address and phone numbers.
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