Top 5 Resume DO's
Here are our top 5 resume success tips that will help you build a successful resume. Incorporate these 5 tips to make your resume robust, interesting, and vibrant. Also, be sure to check out our Top 5 Resume Don’ts while you're at it!
1.) Highlight Only Your Most Recent & Relevant Work Experience
When writing a resume and highlighting your work experience, always start with the work experience that has been most recent and work backwards. Companies are going to be most interested in the job you are currently working or just left, and they are going to be less interested in the job you worked 10 years ago. Unless you're very young and really need to establish work history of any kind, there's probably no reason to include the summer job you had in your sophomore year scooping ice cream at a mini golf course. Instead, give the recruiter an easy vision of why you are applying and how your work experience flows into the new position.
2.) Include Soft Skills and Volunteer Work
Education and work experience are great; however, employers want to see who you are beyond your work life. Most employers want a person who will fit with their company's culture. They want to see what skills you have, how those skills could impact their business, and the type of things you enjoy in your free time. As a worker, you may be hardworking and driven, but in your personal life, you might also be very caring, compassionate, or philanthropic. There are two different character sets: one pertains to the individual’s values and the other pertains to their work life. Share both, as they are both valuable when being considered for employment.
3.) Include a Summary Statement in Your Resume
A one- or two-sentence statement under your name at the top of your resume will give your potential employer a broad understanding of your work experience and skill set without having to dive into detail. You could also use this space to highlight one outstanding achievement within your work history. The summary section can be especially powerful if you have different skills from previous positions and would like to show how your skills work together for the potential position you are applying for.
4.) Ask Someone Else to Proofread Your Resume
Ever notice how your mind sometimes skips over misspellings or adds words that aren't there when you're reading your own writing? Since you have been working on this document for a while now, proofreading it may be more difficult since you have read it over and over. When you feel you have your final copy of your resume ready to go, don’t just hit the send button! Find a trusted friend, teacher, or parent to look it over. Incorporate their advice into your resume, and perhaps ask one or two more people to take a look before sending it out. An extra set of eyes only helps your chances of landing the job of your dreams!
5.) Keep it to One Page
Although there's a little flexibility on this one, depending on how long you've been working and the depth and breadth of the positions you've held, we generally advise you to keep your resume to one page. Cut down on irrelevant information that does not pertain to the position you are applying to. Recruiters are sometimes looking over hundreds of resumes - do not fool yourself into thinking they will read every word. Some statistics show that hiring managers spend no more than six seconds reviewing a resume before placing it into a yes, no, or maybe pile. If your resume contains block and after block of text and multiple pages, there's a good chance that your best material is getting lost or buried.