Creating your resume starts with 4 key essentials:
- Communicate Enthusiasm – If you don’t sound enthusiastic about your skills and qualifications, you’re going to have a hard time convincing a prospective employer that you’ll be enthusiastic about working for them. Show your enthusiasm by using active language in your resume, words like: managed, generated, oversaw, created.
- Show Results – It’s great that you managed at team of 5, generated reports and created a FaceBook promotion, but employers want to see results. Instead tell them that you managed a team of 5 and exceeded your goals by 20%; or generated 10 monthly reports for 5 different departments; and created a FaceBook promotion that increased brand “likes” by 2,000 new members.
- Make it easy to scan your resume – Face it, regardless of the position, there are probably stacks of resumes just like yours just waiting to be picked for the job. Make it easy for the HR people to scan your resume and quickly understand your key qualifications. Use formatting to create space in your resume…remember, less is more. A resume dense with tiny text is like kryptonite to overworked HR managers.
- Make sure your resume is error free – Spelling and grammatical errors are the best way to take yourself out of the running for any job. Errors on your communicate that you are not detail-oriented and professional. Take the time to proofread your resume thoroughly and then have someone else read it as well.
These resume essentials came from a great resource at Professional Resumes. If you have any other resume essentials we should share with our job-seeker network, please let us know.