The Resume Guide: From Good to Great

Resume Tips


1. Highlight Your Strengths

Add statistics, numbers, and figures to your resume. By quantifying your work history, hiring managers will get a sense of your responsibilities and the scope of your work. Your resume shouldn’t exceed more than one page. If you are having trouble keeping it to a page, we suggest removing any experiences that are not relevant to the job you are applying for. Highlight your strengths and keep it on topic for your shortest and sweetest resume to date.

2. Identify Your Accomplishments

Employers look for candidates who have notable achievements at their previous jobs. Instead of just listing your job descriptions, use space on your resume to highlight past accomplishments. Also, Avoid writing in the third person and state plainly your past accomplishments in the first person, without the use of personal pronouns (‘I’ and ‘me’). Everyone can see your name at the top of the resume, so referring to yourself will only make your statements redundant.

3. Show them the Money

At the end of the day, hiring is a business decision, and many industries and employers want to know the effect a candidate will have on their bottom line. Use your resume to tell how you were able to generate or contribute to profitability, or save on costs. Whenever possible, translate your impact into a dollar amount.

4. So Shines a Good Deed

If your resume is looking a little bare, consider adding volunteer experience. Many employers see value in volunteering, which can be used to show leadership and management skills, as well as commitment to the community. If you’ve been a long-term volunteer with one organization, you could include an expanded volunteer section listing accomplishments much like other paid jobs.

5. Link to Your Online Profile

Hiring managers who are interested in you will, more often than not, check your social media presence. Do them a favor and provide a URL link to your professional online profile, next to your contact information. This will also help prevent any cases of mistaken identity!

6. Action Verbs Bring a Resume to Life

Conceptualized. Optimized. Spearheaded. Forecasted. Action verbs are an important part of creating a captivating resume. Be creative with your word choice, and use verbs that convey you’re a candidate with accomplishments and contributions.

7. Keeping Font in Mind

Studies show certain fonts can convey stability, modernity, and reliability. For a traditional look, try Georgia, Times New Roman, or Calibri. More modern fonts include Verdana and Century Gothic. These fonts will also provide superior readability on both screens and paper.

8. Keep it Clean

Avoid using colors and styling that might stick out too much. For most candidates, colors and non-traditional fonts and formats will appear gimmicky. Applicants should instead focus on the content of their resumes, and making their points by using clear and concise language.

9. Look at your resume on Screen and on Paper

Most resume submissions are fully electronic these days, so you need to ensure that it’s easy to read on a computer screen. Documents can look different on different computers. Send your resume to a friend and look at it on their computer screen. Your resume might still get printed out and placed on someone’s desk. Print out your own copy before submission and check to make sure that it comes out the way that you had intended, and that it doesn’t exceed the recommended page count.