Best. Resume. Ever.
Part 1: Tips for Success
How you structure your resume doesn’t matter.
- As long as it stands out, and includes lots of white space, the structure is irrelevant.
- Showcase the best you have to offer on Page 1
- Avoid writing in long paragraphs; use small chunks of information and make the point in 2 or 3 lines.
Grab the readers’ attention immediately- within 30 seconds.
- Open with a powerful profile that clearly articulates the breadth and depth of your expertise and experience, and quickly positions you as an above-average candidate
- Write a headline in 1 or 2 lines that provides focus to the resume
- Support headline with 4-5 keys areas, bulleted.
State why your employer should hire you.
- This is your value pitch. It’s the foundation of your resume and it should appear right on top.
- It proves that you will solve one of the following: a need of the organization or unit, ongoing problems; or deliver on an organizational goal.
To create your pitch, you must know:
- Who you are and what is your personal brand, it’s what makes you stand out and what makes you valuable to the people who will make decisions about your career.
- What the needs of the employer are right now.
Your resume must show up on a smart phone in a readable, intelligently powerful way.
What to include?
- Your value pitch
- Include a hint about how you approach problems or tasks. Fit is critical so communicate this early
- A snapshot of your work history, including a couple of notable accomplishments with a focus on results
- Avoid words such as “responsible for…”
- Include high points what had the most impact; choose accomplishments that define the VALUE you can offer. Consider this from the employer’s perspective and what he/she would find relevant.
- Use industry “keywords” to position you well
- Resist the urge to write a lengthy narrative of your work history and job descriptions
- Education follows accomplishments for those with work experience
- Highlights of your “relevant” education, certification, accreditation, and professional development
The readers of your resume need to see, in no uncertain terms, that you are an accomplished and successful professional that will drive their needs forward