Your resume should be an excellently crafted marketing piece designed to sell you to an employer. It needs to stand out over your competition and create a sense of urgency for the reader to contact you.
Fix Your Objective
Your objective can be useful if you avoid boring clichés and use the statement to ask for what you want and to tell the company what you can do for them. State the positions that you seek (this can be one title or several related titles). Next, state what you will do in that position. Perhaps you will exceed company goals, or develop a loyal client base. Don’t say that you want a “challenging” position. Many people say that.
When to Use References
Another overly used phrase is “references provided upon request”. This statement is already understood and expected. Of course, you should have a reference sheet ready, but you should not present it unless it is asked for. You do not want other’s personal contact information to be spread around unnecessarily.
Use Action Words
Instead of saying you were responsible for a task, use words like: perform, oversee, and review. Everyone is responsible for tasks at a job, but they need to describe how they did them. Don’t clutter your resume with words like: a, this, also, the, or an. You are not writing an essay. Your bullet points should be easily scanned. The words you use should be strong, not passive. It is also more aggressive to write in a present tense versus a past tense.
When you quantify your results, you make a strong impression. Numbers show how much you can save or earn for a company. Do not write out your numbers. For example, use 13 instead of thirteen. You want the numerical versions to jump off a page. You can also use symbols for dollar signs and percentages. There is an exception for academic resumes. Teachers and related potential employees should follow strict grammar rules.
Experience vs. Education
There are specific instances when it is better to highlight education rather than experience. Teachers should lead with their credentials and degrees. Recent college graduates should also present their education first. Conversely, someone who is older with considerable experience should leave their recent college degree at the bottom of the resume.
What to Leave off Your Resume
Do not include a picture of yourself. Companies do not want to be accused of discriminating based on appearance or gender. Likewise, do not include graphics. You do not want to appear cute; you want to appear professional. Your personal life is also something to keep to yourself. An employer does not need to know your marital status, date of birth, health issues or hobbies.
How to Tighten Your Resume
Your goal should be to write a concise summary of why an employer would want to hire you over another applicant. Your resume should be results-oriented, aggressive, and compelling. Go through your work experience line by line and make each activity that you performed sound like you are the only one who could do that job that way. If you follow all of the outlined suggestions, you will receive phone calls for interviews in no time at all.