When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? And seriously, one page or two?
Well, search no more: We’ve compiled the best resume advice out there into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job.
1. What is a resume anyway?
REMEMBER: A Resume is a self-promotional document that presents you in the best possible light, for the purpose of getting invited to a job interview.
It’s an official personnel document. It’s not a job application. It’s not a “career obituary”! And it’s not a confessional.
2. Most common resume mistake made by job hunters
Leaving out their Job Objective! If you don’t show a sense of direction, employees won’t be interested. Having a clearly stated goal doesn’t have to confine you if it’s stated well.
3. First step in writing a resume
Decide one job objective that can be stated in about 5 to 6 words. Anything beyond that is probably “mess” and indicates a lack of clarity and direction.
4. Headings….Never underestimate them
With employers receiving hundreds of resumes you must make sure that your resume hooks an employer’s attention within a 5- second glance. A great way to this is to use job titles and skill headings that relate to and match the jobs you want.
Before Resume: After Resume:
Accounting /Recordkeeping Management of A/R and A/P Accounts
Use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial, or Century Gothic. And make your resume easy on hiring managers’ eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12.
6. Work Experience
8. One or Two Pages
The ideal length for a resume is a polemic subject. Most employers and recruiting specialists, however, say that it should contain one or two pages at maximum. Just keep in mind that, provided all the necessary information is there, the shorter your resume, the better.
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