1. Stray away from fluff.
- – Name
- – Current title/company
- – Previous title/company
- – Previous position start and end dates
- – Current position start and end dates
- – Education
Beyond those six items the recruiters in the study scanned for keywords to match the position they were seeking to fill.
3. Focus on the facts.
Like mentioned above, employers want to clearly see years of experience, certifications, education, specific proficiency and areas of expertise. Give yourself the credit you deserve and put those details right at the forefront. If you are at a loss for what facts your should share about your professional experience, research example resumes online that are from a similar background as you. Many skills are transferable, you just need to present them in a way that the employer can appreciate.
Example : “Managed a retail team of 3 for store front,” can be more effectively expressed as: “4 years of management experience.”
4. Remove articles and helping verbs.
A big way to edit down a resume is to remove helping verbs and articles. Keep an eye out for helping verbs such as “have,” “had,” “may,” and “to be” and articles such as “a,” “an,” and “the.”
Example : “Managed a team of sales associates in order to help them achieve quarterly goals.” Instead, phrase like this: “Managed sales team to help accomplish quarterly goals.” (Including specific goals strengthens this even more.) Cutting out the articles and helping verbs changed a 14 word sentence into an effective 8 word phrase.
5. Read out loud.
Though it seems like it, your resume is not an enemy. It is a tool, and all successful tool use takes practice. It literally pay$ to work on your resume. Give the time and you’ll write a resume that will definitely stand out to employers.