A good resume is critical in obtaining a new position. In today’s age of technology where so many resumes infiltrate the inbox of a hiring manager, a resume must be strong to be noticed in the competitive candidate pool. Hiring managers have limited time to focus on each resume, so use your resume as a selling tool to display your talents! Here are some tips on writing an effective resume:
- Most hiring managers prefer resumes to be written in reverse chronological order with your most recent job first. Beginning and ending dates should be included. Duties of the job should be reflected underneath the job title and company. This will allow the hiring manager to see a time period for each task of the job.
- Bullet point job duties and keep things succinct. If hiring managers have to muddle through a long narrative description of job responsibilities, they may lose interest.
- Refrain from writing resumes in first person (for example, “I placed customer orders” or “I was promoted”).
- Keep the verb tense the same throughout the resume. For instance, if one bullet point describes your action in the past tense, don’t change tenses in the next line. (For example, “placed customer orders” in line one does not need to be followed with “answering phones” in the next line.)
- Make sure any awards or accomplishments are easily seen in the body of the resume.
- Grammatical errors are the fastest way to damage the credibility of a resume. Proof your resume, run spell check and have several professionals review your resume before sending.
- If there are valid reasons for numerous job changes, feel free to add reasons for job elimination on the resume. This is a way to convey to the hiring manager that you are not a “job hopper”.
- It is perfectly acceptable to make your resume more than one page, especially if it takes that additional page to showcase your skills and talents.
- Make sure the fonts and spacing are all consistent.
- Include correct phone numbers and a professional email address on the resume to ensure easy communication.
- Make education and/or degrees easily visible.
- Ensure that all technical skills, including software proficiencies, are included.
- Make sure your objective on the resume reflects the job description you are applying for. Often times, hiring managers will find an objective completely inconsistent with the job description posted.
Written by: Catherine Culler
Catherine Culler has been a recruiter with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2000. She specializes in recruiting and staffing for accounting, human resources, legal, administrative, financial, sales and customer service positions. Her prior background includes work in medical sales and sales training. She has three children, a son who is in seventh grade and twin daughters in sixth grade.