Our top ten tips for building a great resume.
Your resume should fit the mission, values, and job description of the organization. Mission and values are usually posted on the company's website. This information, along with the job description is helpful when drafting both a resume and cover letter.
It's only in rare circumstances that a recent college graduate would have a resume more than one page in length. But no matter the length, it's most important that your resume be informative and visually appealing.
Make sure that under every heading you put the job with the greatest amount of responsibility first. For example, if you were a salesperson, you would want to feature the fact that you were Employee of the Month before the fact that you assisted customers.
When describing job accomplishments or skills, use short, dynamic phrases. Use language that is specific, descriptive, and persuasive.
Instead of "I did...I was...I am..." begin sentences with action verbs such as "initiated," "created," "supervised," "edited," etc. Focus on highlighting your accomplishments.
Typically, don't include information about high school or high school achievements. One exception is if you are an education major and applying for a position in the district in which you graduated; another would be if you were senior class valedictorian. Do include volunteer, leadership positions, and senior projects.
Only abbreviate states, such as MN. Use industry jargon and acronyms only if you are confident the reader will understand it.
Watch to see that you're consistent with the order and placement of the information. If you put your title first, then the organization's name, the city and state, and finally the date you worked there, make sure that you put this information in the same order for every entry.
Check for spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors. Use 1-inch margins and a font size of 10-points or more.
Use quality paper and a good laser printer. Paper color should be conservative, such as white, off-white, or pale gray. Envelopes should be typed and match your resume color. Have someone proof it once more before the final printing. If sending via email, save the file as a pdf so that your reader will see it just as you left it when they open it.