7 Tips for Writing a Great Resume ...


In this tough job market, where there are sometimes hundreds of applicants for just one opening, you have to find a way to set yourself apart from all of the other candidates.

One way can be to make sure your resume is perfect, and that you have a cover letter that wows.

I used to work at an outplacement firm, helping executives write their resumes, and I’ve seen some horrible, and wonderful, resumes.

There are so many simple things you can do to make sure your resume is the best representation of the skills you have to offer, and so many pitfalls you need to avoid when you’re putting it together.

Here are 7 tips for writing a great resume.

1. Be Honest

Would anything be more embarrassing than having to explain to a potential employer why you lied on your resume?

Save yourself the humiliation and hassle by just telling the truth.

You may be tempted to beef up your credentials or experience a bit, but resist.

The truth is always the best option, and in this day and age, with the ease of communication and how small the world is, if you tell a lie, even a tiny one, you’re likely to be caught.2

2. Don’t Go Crazy with Formatting

In resumes as with most everything else, simple and elegant and uncluttered is better.

Don’t go crazy with an elaborate, overly graphic or wordy resume.

Don’t extend your resume beyond one page, either.

It’s confusing to look at, and if it’s confusing, it’ll go to the bottom of the pile.2

3. Spell-check!

I once worked with an executive whose resume boasted how many “asses” she added to her organization.

One little letter, such a different meaning!

Use spell-check, and have someone you trust (with great grammar skills) look it over, just to make sure you’re not bragging about what an ass you are!

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