Five Terrific Resume Writing Tips

These are the most important points to remember when developing an attention-grabbing resume.

The look of your resume - When you go shopping, you might make a purchase because you have seen a product advertised.  Ask yourself, what grabbed your attention?  The ad, the product description, the benefits, or the packaging?  This is the way your resume should be presented, as an advertisement that highlights YOUR relevant skills and accomplishments.  Also, it should answer the employer's question, "What can this candidate do to solve our problems?"

Organization of information - The data presented in your resume needs to be easy for the recipient to read and understand.  Create a highly visible and attention-grabbing summary section, located at the top of the first page. Remember, you have only five to twenty seconds to grab an employer's attention - make it count.  This summary section is the place to include keywords without making it obvious.  You can have the best credentials and accomplishments for the position; however, if they are poorly presented, you can easily be overlooked for the position.

Valuable and convincing content - This is imperative and will be the deciding factor in whether or not you secure an interview.  Write powerful statements that match your skills, abilities, and qualifications to the company's needs. Many job seekers have difficulty writing their resume and emphasizing how their skills relate to the position; if you are finding it difficult to create resume content, call Cando Career for help.

Let your personality shine - It is a well-known fact that hiring managers hire candidates with a pleasing personality.  The words you use in your resume should convey the personality traits that set you apart from the other candidates.  Use vocabulary that will interest the reader, rather than dull sentences that will make them put your resume in the "NO" pile.

Class and professionalism - Understand that your documents must demonstrate and display your best work.  Would you hire yourself if your resume were in a stack of 1,000 others?  To ensure professionalism, send a cover letter that is addressed to the hiring manager, and make sure the name is spelled correctly.  Do not fold your documents; send them in a full-sized envelope.  If you are unable to personally deliver the resume, send it by overnight express to make a powerful and lasting impression on an employer.

Use high quality paper and do not mix fonts or add graphics.  Get the resume proofread several times and make corrections until it is perfect.

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