The average hiring manager spends 6 seconds looking at a resume to decide whether it goes into the trash or deserves further consideration. Your resume is a marketing document, a snapshot of your accomplishments. You must carefully tailor your resume to each position that you apply for in order to stand out among other applicants.
- Your name, phone number and e-mail address (including your address could work against you if the position is far from your home)
- Summary- Why should they hire you?
- Concise statement that highlights your skills and experience
- Relevant Experience (work, volunteer, professional organizations)
- Relevant Skills (soft and technical)
Tips for Writing a Resume:
- Use whitespace, headings, bulletpoints to make your resume easy to read
- List positions in reverse chronological order with company/organization name, location, employment dates (year and month)
- List achievements and responsibilities of that position
- Use action verbs (past tense for past experiences, present tense for current experiences)
- Quantify your achievements- Show the impact
- Use keywords (skills and qualifications) from the job description
- Move the most relevant and marketable information to the top. Keep it to one page, unless you have extensive experience