A resume can end up in either two places, the interview pile or the trash. Here are some tips not only to keep your resume in the interview pile, but to take your resume from good to great…
Grammatical errors can land you in the trash no matter how good your resume looks. Also if a resume is badly formatted with double spaces in random places and unprofessional fonts, as explained by monster.com, that’s an immediate NO!
Be concise and honest, don’t embellish, it will just end up hurting you in the end. Use bullet points to highlight your skills, your potential employer doesn’t have the time to read an essay describing your skills in great detail. Managers prefer a candidate that is great at a few things rather then a jack of all trades.
What to include on your resume…
Contact Info: Normally located at the top, this will include your name, address, phone number, email and website (if you have one).
Objective/Summary: Most websites say it is a good idea to include an objective that focuses on the company’s needs, the position you are applying for and how you can help that company. However, the article Resume Tips for Engineers suggests that a summary should replace the objective and describe “your most marketable qualifications.”
Education: List your most recent school/university first. Add your graduation date and degree.
Work Experience: Here you should list the name of the company, the dates you were employed, your job title and responsibilities. Be as specific as you can with the dates-it adds credibility.
It can be helpful to look at sample resumes to get an idea of how to compose your resume, but don’t copy the format! That will land you in the trash pile.
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