Write A Resume That Highlights Your Accomplishments
Your Resume = Your Marketing Document
Your resume is your marketing document that highlights your skills, experience, accomplishments, and education/training.
Your resume needs to get the hiring manager's attention quickly, ensuring you are called for an interview.
Your marketing document should capture the best of your experience; tailor your resume for each job and employer, matching the qualifications asked for in the job announcement.
Your resume needs key words - nouns & verbs - that are represented on the company's website, or the job announcement.
So let's get started!
Applying for Jobs, but Not Getting Interviews?
Yes, There Are Some Rules When Writing Your Resume
Do - have someone proofread your resume for you. We often miss our own mistakes after hours of working on our resume. Give your eyes a break, and let someone else review your marketing materials.
Do - tailor your resume to match the job and company. Does the company value community involvement? If so, and you have volunteered in your community, be sure to list that information. Is the job asking for particular skills, tools to use, years of experience - if so, be sure that information is represented on your resume (if you indeed have that experience).
Do - focus on your accomplishments. Ask yourself...
- Have I saved my organization time or money?
- Have I improved a process, a form, or a procedure?
- Have I trained new staff members?
- Have I developed any new materials, standard operating procedures, forms, databases, or regulations?
- Have I helped staff increase their professional development or their ability to be promoted? Have I retained staff?
- Have I received an award or recognition for my work or ideas?
- Have I been promoted ahead of my peers or hand-selected for an assignment?
- Have I met tight deadlines or done more with less?
- What have others said about the quality of my work or about me as a professional
- Have I done well on an inspection?
Don't - create a long, boring list of duties and responsibilities.
Don't - start statements with vague phrases such as, "Responsible for", "Handled", "Assisted". Start with strong verbs - Adapted, Collaborated, Administered, Analyzed. What did you do specifically?
Don't - use acronyms, especially if you are changing careers/industries. Remember, the person reviewing your resume may not understand your jargon from another employer.
Fonts - Stay with a clean font that is easy to read: Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Helvetica
Pictures - Do not include a picture of yourself; if your occupation requires a visual portfolio, consider creating a personal website, use YouTube, Instagram or other visual social media to create a following.
Paper - If you need to mail in your resume or hand your resume to a person (at a job fair, a small business, networking event) be sure to use resume paper. You can find this at most office supply stores. Avoid paper with graphics, bright colors, sizes that are not standard 8 1/2 x 11.