1, Keep It Short
Considering that initially HR personnel only spend approximately 10-20
seconds on a resume, the shorter your resume, the most desirable it is. Aim for
Of course, it is sometimes impossible to create such a short resume. You
might have to include a second page because you have way too much information
regarding your work experience, accomplishments, etc. In this case, make sure
that you list the most relevant information within the upper half of the first
page because that is the section that gets looked at first. This way, these
important insights will surely be noticed.
2, Spelling, Spelling, Spelling
It is not enough to run the word processor’s spell checker on your document.
Proofread your resume at least 3 times, once backward (sometimes that is how you
Remember, a sloppy presentation is almost a guarantee that your resume will
end up in the circular file even if you have all the qualifications in the
3, Start Your Resume With A “Power Statement”
Many resume writers suggest starting a resume with an objective. I object to
that (no pun intended). Objectives are useless because they are self-centered.
Here is a typical objective: “Challenging position in social services.”
My suggestion is that you start your resume with a power statement such as:
“Experienced Social Worker with 10 years of proven client counseling and support
background along with enthusiasm for working with children and their families.”
Whereas the objective tells the employer only what you want to do, the power
statement goes further in highlighting not only the job you are seeking but also
your major achievements. The power statement showcases what you can do for the
4, Use Action Verbs
Begin your sentences with action verbs for added punch and to express a sense
For a FREE list of action verb, please e-mail Rita Fisher at
RitaFisher55@comcast.net with “Action Verb List” in the subject line.
5, Use Specifics
Use specifics such as numbers, percentages, figures and facts.
Example: “Exceeded sales quotas by 50% for 4 consecutive years.”
Numbers stand out and communicate clearly and openly about not only the
results you produced by also about what you can do for the company (can’t repeat
6, Answer The “What’s In It For Me?” Question
What every employer wants to know when reading your resume is what’s in it
Employers are looking for people who will solve their problems. You have to
present your case accordingly.
By answering these questions and including the answers in your resume:
What kind of problems did you solve on the job?
How did the company benefit from your performance?
How did you do the job differently and better than the person before you did?
Did you introduce a new program or system?
If yes, what were the results of it? (Be specific regarding the results.)
What were you most proud of in your job?
What would your supervisor and your co-workers say they would miss most about
you when you leave?
How did you make a difference in your job?
How did you affect the company’s bottom line?
Did you save money for the company? How much?
Did you earn money for the company? How much?
by Rita Fisher
Copyright 2005 by Rita Fisher, CPRW / Career Change Resumes