The following is my advice or my rules of thumb for writing a great resume.
1. Never have more than two pages
2. Beware of fancy fonts
3. Use bullets, not paragraphs
4. Lose the fluff
These may be noteworthy attributes, but employers will not believe them until they actually witness them on the job.
Examples of such phrases are: I’m a people person, I’m dedicated, I’m hard working, I’m loyal
Instead, fill you resume with facts.
5. Beef it up; never make it up
Summarize or highlight years of experience, sales percentages, or cost savings at the beginning of the resume, in bulleted format.
List your degree(s) and related training courses.
List all certifications completed. For example: CBET, CRES, ACCE, A+,CNA, CNE, etc.
List awards or commendations if they are industry-recognized or unique (not one that all receive).
List organizations and affiliations that are recognized by your industry and profession.
Overall comments and suggestions
Check your final draft for spelling and grammatical errors and inconsistencies. The last place you would like to see your resume go is into the “round file” (trash).
There are many resume formats available via the Internet but be careful to choose a format that allows you the flexibility to present your credentials to your best advantage.
If you can’t find a suitable and adaptable format, create your own. It might not be easy, but you will be more likely to obtain your objective – an interview!
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