Writing an Effective Resume

Writing an Effective Resume - How to Write a Resume that is Effective and Professional 7/30/2009

Identify the skills and strengths the employer wants for this position then create your resume to address these items.

Resume Content:
To ensure that your resume stands out, concentrate on the 3 most crucial factors when writing your resume.

1. Select Your Most Powerful and Impressive Information
This is the key to writing a strong resume. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so you must give it your best shot! Don’t drone on with endless facts about your past employment. Think of your resume as an advertisement – for YOU! You are the product and the employer is the consumer. To sell it, you must make an impact. Present only the most noteworthy information about your professional experience. Your resume must answer the employer’s primary question: "Why should I hire you?" Be brief and to the point. Focus on your significant achievements and skills that are required for the job which you are seeking. Eliminate extra information that takes away from what the job requires. In the case of a resume, less is more. How does one know which skills and benefits to highlight and select? Use a description of the position, to match your education, qualifications and work experience with the information on the job description. If you do not have a formal job description, ask family, friends, instructors and professionals in your field of interest. Anyone may be considered a resource as you seek to become informed about the duties and qualifications of a specific position

2. Write with Impact
  • Use an Objective (or summary) Statement to grab the employers’ attention and let them know what position you are applying for.

  • Use supporting statements to make is clear what you plan to do from them and what benefits you offer their company. It is usually best to include an objective statement. However, you can create an effective resume without one. You need to make certain that it is very clear to employers what you plan to do for them and/or the benefits you offer them.

  • Use an abbreviated writing style omitting words like: I, they, a, my

  • Start each sentence with an action verb. Action verbs create a positive image in the employer’s mind and give you an advantage by describing you as a person who gets things accomplished. They make the resume more concise and easily readable. Also, use numbers to quantify amounts as much as possible. This helps to hold the reader’s attention. Ex. Responsible for data collection and reports from staff of 18.

  • Have your resume proofread by someone else for content, grammar, and punctuation.

3. Use an Eye-Catching Layout
  • It’s true - keep your resume to one page. If you have a problem keeping to one page use narrow margins to save space. If you have many years of experience, you may require two pages. But under no circumstances should a resume be longer than two pages

  • The reader’s eyes should go immediately to the skills/benefits that you have chosen to emphasize.

  • Use "Bullets, Bold, or Indentation" for emphasis. The more concise the better. Your most significant information should stand out with ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, boldface, or italics.

  • Use a clean clear font type like “Arial”. No fancy fonts.

  • Print your resume packet on quality paper. White, cream, neutral, pastel, or the mold fleck recycled paper will give you a professional appearance.

  • The presentation of your resume packet is very important. The order should be: Cover letter, Resume, References, and Application. All of these should have the same font, style, and same color paper for each. Staple the four pages together and insert them in a standard 8x11 manila or white envelope. Do not fold the materials. Mail or hand carry to deliver.

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    NOTE: Electronic resumes have their own unique format to accommodate for ASCII text, which is more easily read and scanned by a computer. Today it is essential to have both versions of your resume available for review.