Back to the Basics: How to Perfect Your Resume

Editing Resume

 

ExecuSource is in the business of placing top talent in quality job in a variety of industries. Our recruiters have reviewed thousands of resumes, and know which resumes succeed and which resumes flop.

Below, we’ve compiled our tips for writing a winning resume to help you land the job.

 

Before you begin drafting

Before you start translating your entire professional life into a one-sheet overview, think about the employer you are sending your resume to. You should take into account the company’s values and core competencies before you apply for the open position.

Each job application you fill out should have an accompanying resume that is specifically tailored for that job. That means, you must customize your resume for each job opportunity you find. Analyze the key job responsibilities listed in the job description and pepper your resume with keywords that standout when hiring managers scan through your previous work experience.

 

Be mindful of the layout

Your resume should always be in chronological order and should include: name, contact information, key accomplishments, detailed work experience, education, and additional relevant skills or awards.

• Contact Information – When drafting your contact information, you should only include, your name, current address, telephone number and the most accessible email address. If your email address sound unprofessional (i.e. basketballqueen123), create a new account using your first and last name.

• Objective/Key Highlights – In place of the traditional objective found on most resumes, try adding a few bulleted items that highlight career achievements that the hiring manager needs to know. These bullet points should be a brief summary of any accomplishments you deem necessary to include that set you apart from other applicants. Try to show, not tell the grandeur of these accomplishments through utilizing key data points.

• Detailed Work Experience –Be sure to list your experiences beginning with your current or most recent job. Each line item should include job title, employer name, location and dates of your employment. Include relevant, detailed accomplishments that can be easily translated to the job for which you are applying. Try to quantify any key accomplishments to show how you made an impact in your previous jobs.

• Education – Drafting this section should be a no brainer. Include the name of the institution you attended, dates of your attendance (month, year), the degree you earned, your major and minors, if applicable. A good rule of thumb when deciding to include your GPA is if it is higher than 3.0 you can include it, but it’s not necessary.

• Additional Skills/Awards – If you have skills that will be useful in your new job or may set you apart from other applicants, include them in this section. Include skills, software you can easily navigate, any spoken languages, etc. Only include these items if you are an expert and can proficiently utilize each to help you do your job better. If you have received any industry awards that you wish the hiring should know, include them in this section as well.

 

Review and Review and Review some more

Read through your resume thoroughly to check for spelling and grammatical errors. You can guarantee you will not receive an interview if you have even a single error. Another important resume aspect to keep in mind before you press submit is the file format in which your resume is saved. To ensure the formatting of your resume remains intact when submitting it to different sites, it is best to save it as a PDF file.