Resumes that get results
on work experience, job accomplishments, and duties, in reverse order (last job first by
date). It uses job titles and duties, company names and dates of employment. The
functional (see page 9) format presents previous job functions and duties, responsibilities
and skills rather than job titles. Another format is the combination, (see pages 4, 5, & 8)
which is basically functional in style, but also includes job titles and dates of employment.
MAKE IT EASY TO READ: Make your resume easy to glance over. Try to keep your resume to
one page. The majority of the time a one-page resume is appropriate and sufficient. A
resume is just a marketing tool. Only include things that demonstrate your ability to be
successful at the job you are seeking. Employer’s time is precious, do not make them hunt
for what they want. Lead with your strengths. If you’re a new college grad and your GPA is
phenomenal, lead with your educational information. If your job-related experience is
terrific, lead with that. Experienced candidates should, as a rule, lead with work experience
CREATE A CAREER OBJECTIVE: It’s critical that your objective reflects the position you’re
applying for. Being specific gives the impressions that you are a goal-oriented person. You
may want to write a different resume for each job objective, especially since today’s job
market is so competitive. (Example: Seeking full-time employment as an Executive or
MAKE YOUR WORDS PERFORM: Use action verbs, adverbs, and adjectives that are strong and
show action to demonstrate your achievements, abilities, and skills. Examples: achieved,
compiled, demonstrated, maintained.
WATCH YOUR GRAMMAR AND SPELLING: There’s no excuse for poor grammar and spelling. Be
consistent, use the same tense of verbs for the entire resume. Incorrect grammar,
misspelled words and other problems make a bad impression on the employer. They shout,
“I DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS”. Details count in the workplace.
PAPER: Use bonded paper with matching envelopes. You’ll never go wrong with ivory,
beige or white. Provide employers with the original only – not reproduced copies.
GET AN OUTSIDER’S OPINION: Preferably someone employed in your targeted career. Ask
them to proofread, evaluate and edit the resume.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
Tips to Remember
- Know your resume well enough that you can discuss every line if necessary
- Research the company prior to your interview
- Be prepared with answers to frequently asked questions
- Prepare questions to ask the interviewer about the position/company
Many employers will use your resume as a source of questions during the
interview. Review your resume prior to the interview and be able to develop
answers to questions that relate to your employment and educational experience
listed on your resume. Be prepared to discuss gaps in employment. If called
upon, you must be able to demonstrate the skills you stated on your resume.
Focus your answers on the skills and experience that will be most useful to the
position you are interviewing for.
Researching the company you are interviewing with and the position you are
pursuing demonstrates genuine interest and initiative. It will be obvious to the
interviewer whether you did your research or not. Many interviewers will focus
questions on finding out how much preparation you did for the interview.
Make sure you dress properly for the interview to make a good impression. Dress slacks, dress shirt, a tie and possibly a sports coat for men. Women should wear a knee length (or longer) skirt or pants, and blouse. If a skirt is your choice, be sure to wear nylons. Don’t forget the dress shoes.