Businesspeople With ResumeSo how much attention have you spent on your resume compared to your LinkedIn profile?  With the rise of social media resumes don’t always get the attention they deserve.  They are still extremely important in that they are usually your first introduction to a potential employer.  For the most part resumes are actually quite boring.  Over the decades their has been little change to the rules and formats guiding the development of resumes.   Skills and terms have changed but the basic structure of a resume has not.

Your resumes are your marketing tool and present your experience and qualifications to possible employers.  I use the term “resumes” in the plural because one of the first requirements for an effective resume is that different versions are tailored for different opportunities.  One size does not fit all.   The resume version you submit should communicate to the reviewer that you’ve researched the company and position.   Everyone should be aware of the importance of spell checking and grammar checking, but what other tips are there for an effective resume?

Rebecca Safier, writing for Glassdoor, has an interesting article “14 Essential Tips for Writing a Rockstar Resume” which has a lot of good advice to consider when developing your resume.  Her 14 tips include:

  1. Think of your resume as a marketing tool
  2. Tailor your resume to each new job
  3. Curate a sleek, uncluttered design
  4. Offer a skills summary right off the bat
  5. Incorporate major keywords
  6. Ditch the personal objective statement
  7. Put your work experience before your education
  8. Highlight your accomplishments rather than your responsibilities
  9. Use proactive action verbs
  10. Organize your experiences in reverse chronological order
  11. Limit your resume to one page
  12. Proofread several time
  13. Ask for advice
  14. Ramp up your LinkedIn profile

The full text of Rebecca’s article can be found at Glassdoor and explains each of these tips in detail.  Definitely worth a read.


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