Ten Resume Writing Tips

Tip #1 – Your resume is a document designed by you to tell the hiring manager that you have the qualifications to perform the duties of the job for which you are applying.

Tip #2 – Do not write your life story, nor do you want to include every job function you have ever performed in the course of your work history.

Tip #3 – Your resume should list your work history in reverse chronological order, with your most current position listed first, followed by each previous job in reverse order.

Tip #4 – Do not make your resume too long. Resumes should be 1 – 2 pages in length.

Tip #5 – Your accomplishments should be quantified in numbers, dollars and percentages. For instance, if you managed a department, include the number of people you managed (Managed 13 Territory Managers). If you managed a budget, include the dollar amount of the budget (Managed a $100,000 budget). If productivity or sales were increased, include it as a percentage (increased sales by 5% in 2014).

Tip #6 – Do not write paragraphs. List your accomplishments as bullet points. Your resume should be easily scannable by the reader.

Tip #7 – Use action words such as created, prepared, developed, achieved and managed at the beginning of your bullet points. You can find a full list of action words online.

Tip #8 – Tailor your strengths and skill set to the match the job requirements for the position you are seeking.

Tip #9 – Avoid including unnecessary personal information such as birthdate, your social security number, hobbies, religion or sexual orientation.

Tip #10 – List your education last. While your education is important, if your degree is not relevant to the position you are applying for, then your work history should come first.