5 Tips For Writing An Amazing Resume
There are resumes that do the job. They're functional, neat, and clearly written––similar to those that cross a hiring manager's desk every day of the year.
And there are resumes that get the job interview––the one that can lead you to the job you want in the location you want, doing the kind of work you want to do. That's the resume to write the first time. Don't waste your energy trying to figure out on your own the best thing to say and the way in which to say it. Study examples on the Internet and see which ones express your personality and style. Then use them as guides for writing your own. And be sure to include the information in the following five tips as you write a resume that gets the interview:
Tip #1: Start with a 'headline.' This can be an objective, summary, or goal. In other words, state clearly in a sentence or two what you want the employer to know. Example:
Assistant retail store manager with six years of experience ready for a position as store manager. Excellent customer care, staff leadership, communication and organization skills. Willing to relocate for the right opportunity.
Tip #2: State clearly your current position (if applicable). Mention what you've accomplished and how your work has contributed to the increased revenue of the company or specify ways in which you've cut costs.
Tip #3: Use active verbs to communicate your experience. Example: performed, initiated, supervised, managed, trained, and so on. Choose words that create a picture in the mind of the reader, an action that shows what you did.
Tip #4: Refer to job-related volunteer work. If you were out of the workplace for a time, fill in with your service contributions to community or charitable organizations.
Tip #5: Show how your skills can transfer to the new position. Employers want to see how your current performance will be useful in their companies, as well.
When an employer opens your resume, you will have just a moment or two to capture his or her attention before he or she sets it aside and picks another one. So make that time count in your favor by writing a resume that stands out and 'demands' to be read from start to finish and then leads to an invitation to come in for an interview.
Jimmy Sweeney is president of CareerJimmy and originator of the brand new, "Amazing Resume Creator.") Jimmy is the author of "Tough Times Job Tips" and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets."