Resume Must Haves

Posted on February 29, 2012

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While job hunting may seem exhausting to you, it can often be overwhelming to the hiring managers who are receiving them too.  Some companies review resumes themselves, but most rely on machines to scan keywords found in the resume to decide whether or not that person’s resume is worth reading.  With these tips, avoid having your resume fall in the unread pile and get your resume in the eyes of the hiring manager. 

 

Contact Information

Although this seems like an obvious feature of a resume, it is surprising how many leave off direct contact information or do not keep it up to date.  This should be the first thing on your resume that includes your full name, your address, your phone number, and your email.

Objective

Many resumes have generic objective lines that introduce the reader to the person applying for that particular job.  Rather than falling into the generic format, make your stand out by including the title of the job you are applying for as well as a quick synopsis of what you hope to accomplish.

Education and Experience

Education has a huge impact on jobs these days, and the more you have to offer the higher the chances are of your resume getting read.  Resumes should represent your future, not your past, so put your most recent educational experiences.  If you attended college, it isn’t necessary to include your high school education on your resume, unless you achieved special accomplishments that will make you stand out amongst others.

Clean Layout

Make sure that your resume has a neat layout that is easy to read.  It is a good idea to have your titles bolded and your information bulleted below.  Make sure that your descriptions contain keywords specific to your industry in case your resume is run through a scanner.  Lastly and most importantly, make sure your resume has no typo’s or grammar errors.  That will automatically move your resume to the rejection pile!

Creating and editing a resume can be tedious and quite dull, but it is important if you are seeking a job in your field.  Review your resume and what it has to offer.  Does it highlight your quality assets?  Is it a valuable marketing tool?  Make sure your resume sells yourself in a way that will stand out amongst your competitors.  It might even help to have someone else critique it for you…

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