Having a solid resume can greatly increase your chances of getting that job that you want. Resumes are your foot in the door. Most employers and human resources departments are just skimming through piles of resumes. They often don’t have the time to read each and every one that they receive. Here are some common tips to help you with writing a resume.

  • Remember to include your contact info. This would include your name, address, phone number, and email address. Without it, your resume would be a bit pointless.
  • Use your resume as a foot in the door and not to tell your life story. You just want to peak the interest of the employer. You can use the interview to expand on the details.
  • Keep it simple and short, one to two pages in length. Again, you don’t want to include everything in your resume. Try to include only the last ten to fifteen years of work history, unless a potion relates explicitly to the job you are applying for.
  • Make sure your information is organized. Keep information grouped, with most important towards the top. An organized resume reads a lot better.
  • Try to include pertinent keywords based off the description of the job you’re applying for.. This helps your resume show up in digital databases that employers search. Find out more about conducting research before you write your CV or resume.
  • Include relevant information for the position that you are applying for. This helps keep your resume short. It also makes it easier for the employer to focus on what you have to offer to the position they’re hiring for.
  • Use your professional achievements instead of just responsibilities. Having your resume loaded with “Responsibilities included…” makes it a boring read. List your achievements instead. And use numbers to make them solid.

Use these questions to start listing your accomplishments:

Did you communicate well with customers and co-workers?
Did you help keep customers by delivering great products and services?
Did you bring in new business?
Did you save time and money by making work more efficient?

~ Career Onestop

  • Connect your strengths and qualities to your work experience. This makes your resume more interesting and reinforces what you put in it.
  • Proofread your resume. Then proofread it again. Having someone else look over your resume can help as well.
  • Have a text version of your resume that is email friendly and looks good. Sometimes you may want to include your resume within your email instead of attaching it. You want to make sure it’s still going to look good.

Bonus tip: Use active rather than passive language. Examples of active words include

achieved analysed coordinated created demonstrated designed developed evaluated improved increased initiated liaised managed negotiated planned persuaded prioritised researched supervised

~ University of London