Resume Writing Tips
15 tips for writing an effective resume
- Place your contact information (i.e. name, phone number, and email address) at the top of your resume.
- Prioritize your content so that your most important and relevant experience is listed first, with your key accomplishments listed at the top of each position.
- Include keywords specific to the job requirements.
- Choose the right resume format, depending on personal circumstances (i.e. chronological, functional, combination, or targeted).
- Use bullet points instead of paragraphs to make your resume easier to scan.
- If you use acronyms, spell them out once unless they are well known in the industry.
- Keep your resume up-to-date with relevant information.
- Use a cover letter to distinguish yourself and let us know why you would be the perfect candidate for the position.
- Do not include a picture, colored background or other elaborate formatting.
- Proofread your resume twice - and then have somebody else proofread it!
- Don’t include irrelevant information such as political affiliation, religion and sexual preference, hobbies or age.
- Highlight your achievements instead of responsibilities.
- Use numbers to better demonstrate success (i.e. don’t merely mention that you increased annual revenue, say that you increased annual revenue by $x and X%).
- Use effective titles - one of the most important aspect will be the titles that you listed on the resume, so make sure they grab the attention.
- Make sure you tailor your resume and cover letters for each employer.