Top 10 Resumes tips

Match your cover letter to your resume.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ The two best cover letter tips are:

  • Write a cover letter.
  • Match the content of your cover letter to your resume. Yes, you still need to write cover letters. And yes, they need to match your resume so that you’re telling the hiring manager one cohesive story. If there was something you feel needs an explanation, write about it in your cover letter—see our great guide on how to write the perfect cover letter for a job application.

Choose a resume format that works for you.

Importance: ✸ What are the best formats for a resume? Well, that depends. There are three types of resume formats:

  • Reverse-chronological
  • Combination
  • Functional or Skills-based Deciding what resume format to choose will be one of the first things you do. Best Most of you will opt for the reverse-chronological format. It’s the most common and you can play with the layout. Worst In almost every situation, the functional resume format is not a good choice because it kills your experience section. And even if you don’t have experience, that’s not the best way to handle it. Pro Tip: Consider a format that gets your strongest information closest to the top of your resume where hiring managers will be sure to see it right away.

Consider using a professionally designed template.

Importance: ✸ Resume templates can save you a lot of time and effort. Imagine not having to fool around with margins in Word. Pick one out, and you’re ready to go.

Do not worry about making your resume one page long.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ You’ve heard it before: a resume has a perfect length. And that’s one page. However, most employers expect experienced candidates to submit resumes at least two pages long.

Bolding the wrong information

"Do not bold the company you worked for; bold your position with the company. This is what the recruiter or hiring manager is looking for. One exception [is] if the company is highly recognizable (Facebook, Google, etc.)." – Bill Benoist, leadership and career coach

Draw attention to your promotions.

Importance: ✸ ✸ ✸ ✸ Make sure you’ve mentioned any promotions you’ve received. You don’t have to list the name of the company more than once in the case of internal promotions. Write the name of the company once. Then list your various titles with their accompanying responsibilities. Example: Company ABC Marketing Manager

  • Responsibilities. Marketing Assistant
  • Responsibilities.

Making claims without measurable evidence

"If you're going to boast about increasing sales or improving process efficiency, support these claims with real statistics and an explanation of how you accomplished these feats. When I read 'improved department sales revenue' on a resume, I'm not convinced." – Tyson Spring, co-founder and head of business development at Élever Professional

Practice networking in your workplace

Your co-workers may have much to offer to your career from right within your own company, and it's perfectly allowable for you to network with them. Whether you've been at your current job for two months or two years, networking with fellow employees can help you grow in your current role or provide information that can help you step into a new one. The right mentor can make you aware of new opportunities that might not be posted at large.

Consider putting your education section first.

Importance: ✸ Once you’ve chosen a format, it’s a good idea to make a quick decision about the layout. How do you build a strong resume? After your contact information, start your resume with either a resume summary or a resume objective. More on that later. But what should come next? Your education or your experience section? If you’re a professional with tons of experience, your experience should come first. But let’s say you’re a student and your educational background is your strongest selling point. In that case, consider putting your education section first.

Don’t Use Passive Voice on Your Resumes

Furthermore, you’re also advised to not use passive voice sentences on your resume as it not only increases the content length but also makes it unclear to the recruiters. For example – instead of writing ‘the particular project was managed by me’, you should write ‘Managed particular project’ or ‘Implemented new processes’ over ‘the new processes were implemented by me’, etc. As you can see in the given examples that the active voice phrases are quite concise and easy to understand for the recruiters.

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