Resume Writing Tips

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At FlexiCorps , we want to help our job seekers present their qualifications in the best manner possible. A top-notch resume is a big step in the right direction. While we’re happy to discuss this topic with you in person, here’s a quick tutorial on how to polish your resume.

Ten Tips to Successful Resume Writing
  1. Do an outline. Every resume should include a header (including name and full contact information), profile and details on your work experience, skills and education.
  2. Write a strong profile. Some job seekers start off their resume with their objective. However, this approach focuses onyou rather than the employer. A strong profile instead highlights your key strengths, often in bulleted form, enabling the employer to quickly decide if you’re a good match.
  3. Keep it short and sweet. Particularly if you’re on the younger side, try to keep your resume to one page. This places a premium on concise sentences and paragraphs along with bulleted sentences where appropriate.
  4. Use action verbs. When describing your work experience, try to lead off each sentence with powerful verbs that convey importance; e.g. budgeted, devised, launched, maximized, spearheaded.
  5. Don’t overdo it. A resume shouldn’t be a comprehensive review of your life and career. So don’t fill up the entire page with text. A little white space will make your resume much easier to scan. Speaking of which, don’t go too small with the font size (anything under 10 pt. is tough to read).
  6. Be professional. Make sure absolutely no mistakes slip through the cracks. This means double checking the accuracy of all facts and scouring the resume for typos. If you’re not a great proofreader, get help from someone who is.
  7. Keep it relevant. With very rare exceptions, you’re better off not listing personal tidbits like marital status or political affiliation.
  8. Sell yourself. The ultimate goal of a resume is to convince an employer you’re worthy of a job interview. So think of a resume as a sales exercise in which you point out your most impressive work accomplishments.
  9. Be specific. When discussing your accomplishments or past responsibilities, provide specifics where possible. For instance, “Boosted department revenues by 8%.”
  10. Don’t “cheap out.” Once you’ve finalized your resume, go the extra mile and spend the money for quality paper. A 24 lb. weight (white or off-white) does the job nicely.