If you are searching for a new job, the reality is there are a dizzying lists of “best practices”. We have combed through scores of resources to come up with what we feel are suggestions that can aide everyone in some manner. We encourage you to check back often as we will provide updates and, if you have suggestions you feel can help others, we encourage you to share.
There are hundreds of different styles of resumes and picking one you feel best represents you is ultimately what you should choose. There are, however, a few key content points to consider because studies have shown you have less than 10 seconds to grab a recruiter’s attention. Suggestions to make the most of your opportunity:
✓ Your resume should paint a picture of who you are and what you have done at each position.
✓ The reader should be able to visualize your job.
✓ Whenever possible, Include quantifiers such as the size of the team you worked with, the dollar budget of your project and the amount of savings your project provided to the company.
✓ Avoid unnecessary lead in phrases such as “Experience in”, “Familiar with”, etc. If you actually have experience in a particular area, say what you did but not with space-wasting phrases.
✓ No matter how badly you want to include every aspect of every job you have had, brevity is key when it comes to resume writing. For a person with long and highly technical background over many years, one to two pages is the industry standard in IT.
✓ Position details should be less the further back you go. In your career.
✓ The latest trend is to eliminate the Objective and to begin your resume with a Career Summary.
✓ If you’re applying for a technical position, include a Technical Skills box so a recruiter can quickly see your specialty areas. Also include these skills used in a summary under each position.