I have read – I mean looked at – over 25,000 resumes in my career of recruiting, corporate HR and career development. Over the course of my career, I’ve discovered THE 6 tips to writing resumes that get results.
Tip #1: Feature Results in Your Resume
Most recruiters believe that past performance is the best indicator of future performance. The “How to be a STAR Candidate” is the simplest way to demonstrate results in which you describe an accomplishment in terms of a Situation you face, the Task to be completed, the Actions you took and the Results you got.
For your resume, highlight the Situation and show the Results. Don’t attempt to explain how you did it in the resume – that’s what the interview is for. For example:
- In the face of a market downturn of 10% in 2007, increased territory sales by 27%.
Tip #2: Put Results in Top Half of First Page
Remember I said “I look at” resumes. Given the volume of resumes, there is only time to scan the first page. Give it your best shot right at the beginning. Make it easy for me to find your results.
When I see results that relate to the job I have to fill, I’ll stop and read further or put it in a folder for later viewing. If not, I immediately move to the next resume. Your resume will get an initial 7-second scan – zip, zap, done.
Tip #3: Customize Your Resume for Each Job
Study the job posting carefully. Copy keywords and phrases in the description that are true of you, and paste them in your resume. Be sure to select results that are most relevant to what the employer seeks.
Tip #4: Use Fewer Words to Make a Point
Write your resumes for people who don’t read, but rather scan resumes.
- Use bullet points.
- Keep phrases and sentences short.
- Use a simpler word versus a longer word.
- List complete thoughts on one line.
Tip #5: Make Contacting You Simple
If your name is William Fitzgerald Kowalowitz III, and everyone calls you Bill, consider putting just Bill Kowalowitz. Put the name you use so interviewers don’t have to make an adjustment when they see your name in writing and then hear a different name when you’re talking.
When listing your contact information:
- The ideal email address has your name in it, just as they see it on the resume, like email@example.com. It’s a great way to reinforce your name.
- List just one phone number. A cell phone is best because it gets directly to you wherever you are.
- How about your home address? Sometimes yes, but these days with privacy issues, maybe you just simply list name, email and phone number.
Tip #6: Use New-Improved-Free Resume Builder
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You Got Tips?
Anything I missed? If you have resume tips too, would you please share? Your comments welcomed below….