Dyna Lync Resource Services - Resume Writing Tips
An excellent resume can mean the difference between ending up in a company’s “no” file or being selected for an interview.
Resource Services - Resume Writing Tips
An excellent resume can mean the difference between ending up in a company’s “no” file or being selected for an interview. The resume is your opportunity to highlight your qualifications and make a positive first impression. Job seekers that carefully proofread their resumes, have an increased advantage because they have taken the writing process seriously.
Whether you're sending your resume electronically or by regular mail, customizing it for each prospective employer, proofreading carefully and keeping it updated are good investments in landing the job you want.
Additional tips to keep in mind when preparing an effective resume:
Consider The Format
A chronological resume is recommended. In this format, you begin with your most recent job followed by additional work experience in reverse chronological order. List your education at the end of the resume. Research has shown employers prefer this format to the functional style that’s organized by knowledge and expertise.
Highlight Your Achievements
Describe your significant contributions at each job and if relevant, how they impacted the bottom line. Devote an extra place to skills and experience that relate to the position for which you’re applying.
Emphasize Your Certification
Be sure to mention any designations that you have earned, as well as involvement with professional associations. These demonstrate dedication to your career.
Summarize Your Technology Expertise
Companies seek candidates with top-notch computer skills, so be sure to note your experience with specific hardware, software and databases.
Make it Internet & Scanner Friendly
Use ASCII (Plain Text) format to ensure the recipient can read your e-mailed resume. Also avoid graphical flourishes which may not be translated by some resume-scanning software.
Be Accurate and Truthful
Never misrepresent any aspect of your work history or experience.
The Most Common Mistake That Job Seeker Make When Writing Their Resumes
The most common mistake, by far, is filling up the resume with a laundry list of functions and responsibilities that you've held in your past jobs as opposed to the specific accomplishments that made a difference in the companies you worked for. You can never assume, simply because you had a particular responsibility or performed a particular task, that the person reading your resume will automatically think that you can make a contribution to his or her company.
A second common mistake is not being specific enough when it comes to the skills you possess. Mentioning your "computer skills" is no longer enough, for example. Companies - and the resume-scanning software now being used - are interested in the specific programs and technologies with which you're familiar.