Tips to write your resume
TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE A RESUME
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 not an official personnel document. It's about YOU, and how you performed and what you accomplished in those past jobs--especially those accomplishments that are most relevant to the work you want to do next.
A good resume predicts how you might perform in that desired future job. The general rule for page length is 1-page for typical entry level college students and 2 pages for everyone else. There can be exceptions to this but the longer the resume, the less likely it will be read. So make sure your document is concise.
Step to writing a winning resume:
- Determining your objective: You ought to clearly state what sort of a job you want, and know what kinds of skills and experiences are needed to do well in that job. Even if you decide to change your job objective later, it is very important that you decide on a temporary objective for now. After your objective is determined, you can structure the content of your resume around that objective.
- Strive to be clear and concise: As the sole purpose is to have a potential employer contact you for an interview. Bottom line – you should put yourself in the shoes of the resume reader - when looking at the job qualifications needed for the position; what would you be looking for in a candidate.
- Use bullet points: With short sentences rather than lengthy paragraphs. Having key phrases standing alone and bulleted will help the reader see the important information at a glance - while at the same time absorbing the most important information.
Use action words- words like prepared, managed, developed, monitored, and presented will cause your resume to stand out.
- Highlight your strengths: And what is most relevant to the potential employer. Due to the fact that most resumes are typically reviewed in 10-30 seconds, put forth the effort and determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective. Put the strong and most relevant points first where they are more apt to be read.
- Match the needs of the hiring company: Review job postings that interest you. Each listing will almost always have a brief blurb about the company and the position available. Read the job description closely, and use the key words listed in these ads, and match them to the bullet points in your resume.
Watch the tone of your resume. Make sure you don't write in an arrogant, pompous, or self-serving manner. You're going to have a tough time selling yourself to a prospective employer if he/she feels you're talking down to them.