Follow these quick and easy tips to build yourself a better resume in under 10 minutes flat.
1. Use strong, action oriented language that describes specific skills or
Go through your resume from top to bottom and eliminate weak language. Don't
write "Was in charge of large graphic design department that increased company
revenues" when you can say "Managed 12 graphic artists in major creative
projects that increased revenues by over 3 million last year."
Whenever possible, eliminate all forms of the verb "to be" (is, are, was, am
and so on), as demonstrated in the previous example. Instead, replace them with
strong action words that paint a compelling picture.
2. Add bullets.
Bullets are a great way to transform lists that would otherwise make tedious
reading in paragraph form, or that would benefit by a cleaner layout. They make
the job of reading your resume more pleasant for the reader. A perfect candidate
for bullets is a list of accomplishments related to a single job. For example,
"Postmaster, 1998 -2003" followed by 3 or 4 major accomplishments in bullet
3. Write a specific, concise job description.
If the job you really want is "Director of Human Resources at a Fortune 1000
company," say so. Don't write "Middle management position at a large or mid-size
company" or something equally vague. That covers a lot of territory. You need to
help the company with the exact job you're looking for find you. Put yourself in
the hiring manager's shoes. Would you call a candidate for an interview in the
hopes that she is a good match, or would you call the person whose job
description specifically indicates she wants the job?
4. Don't include every single position you've ever held.
Your resume is a document designed to land you an interview, followed by a
job offer. There will be times when omitting a position - especially if it has
no relevance to the position you are seeking, may be in your best interest. This
is easy to do where omitting short term positions or special projects conducted
as part of an ongoing job assignment will not create an obvious "hole" in your
background that you will need to explain.
(There are ways to avoid making an employer suspicious of resume rough spots,
like gaps in experience or experience that lacks relevance to the position you
are seeking. A professional resume writer can offer you specific advice on ways
to do so, considering your unique background.)
5. Spell check.
When you're finished improving your resume, run a final spell check. Your
word processor's spell checker probably won't contain all the acronyms and
specialized industry jargon that your resume likely contains. In that case, take
the time to manually check each flagged item to make sure your resume is
Follow these five easy tips for a better resume, fast!
by Vincent Czaplyski
Copywriter and consultant Vincent Czaplyski is founder of
www.impressive-resumes.com, your online source for professionally written
"industrial strength" resumes and cover letters guaranteed to land you an