When you’re writing your resume, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are a few quick tips for your Tuesday. 🙂
1). Keep it Current: If you’ve been in the workforce for 20 years, only include positions from the last 10 years or so (this applies to most positions, but not all. If you have a CV, this rule may not apply). Generally, if your resume is too long, you lose your audience.
2). What You Achieved vs. What You Did: List your accomplishments rather than just your responsibilities for each position you have held. This will make you stand out from the crowd, and is a lot more interesting to read.
3). No Pictures, Please. Unless you’re a model or an actor, leave photos out of your resume. They aren’t necessary or appropriate for most resumes.
4). Unpaid Positions Count! Be sure to include your volunteer experience on your resume. Just because you didn’t get paid doesn’t mean you didn’t acquire valuable skills. And, volunteers are regarded as dedicated and hardworking.
5). Proofread, Proofread, Proofread! A single typo can make the difference between your resume being set aside for consideration or tossed in the recycling bin. Be sure you have checked your resume several times – take breaks and have friends look at it as well, to make sure no error is missed.