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Creating A Resume that Sells
Common Resume Errors
- It’s too long
- Overly wordy
- Lacks essential results of accomplishments
- Too bare-bones
- Unprofessional appearance
- Misspelling, poor grammar, use of slang
- The glitz effect
- Resume is misdirected to incorrect individual
Tips to a Successful Resume
- Absolutely no spelling, grammar, punctuation or typographical errors.
- Include a highlight of qualifications or skills summary at the top to attract the employer’s attention
- Know your audience before you begin to prepare the document. Then write the resume for your defined audience.
- The resume must match your skills and abilities to a potential employer’s needs.
- A resume must address your market value and in 20 seconds or less, answer the question, “Why should I hire you?”
- Focus in on accomplishments, credentials or qualifications.
- Self features and benefits. What skills do you possess and how will they contribute to the organization’s goals and objectives?
- Avoid fluff. Ambiguities and generalities represent fluff; they render a resume inept.
- Be different, courageous and exciting. Boring resumes lead to boring jobs.
- Package the resume in an exciting way
- Be sure the resume is well organized.
- The resume must be professionally presented, consistent with the industry you are pursuing.
- Your resume can have a distinct personality to it. Choose your language carefully;it can make a world of difference.
- Miscellaneous sections can include Military, Publications, Speaking Engagements, Membership in Associations, Awards and Recognition, Computer Skills, Patents, Languages, Licenses and Certifications, or Interests.
- Write the resume in the third person and avoid using the pronoun “I”.
- Salary history or compensation requirements should not appear in the resume. The cover letter is made for this purpose if it needs to be addressed at all.
- Always include a cover letter with your resume.
- If you are a graduating student or have been out of the workforce for a while, you must make a special effort at displaying high emotion, potential,motivation and energy. Stress qualitative factors and leadership roles in the community, on campus or elsewhere. By employing a degree of creativity and innovation in you career design campaigning, you are communicating to a hiring authority that you can be resourceful, innovative and a contributing team member.
- The resume should be a positive document. It must tell, the truth but not necessarily the whole truth. Don’t lie, but you need not tell all, either. Keep negative thoughts and concepts out of your resume.