when you build your resume
- Think about yourself! Identify first what you have to offer by assessing
your experience, education, talents, skills, and last but not least
your goals. If the needs of an employer match what you offer then the
chances of getting that position are high.
- If you apply direct to Human Resources departments keep in mind that
they have stack of resumes and you want yours to get noticed. So it
makes sense to use colorful, textured paper and anything else to make
the look and content of your resume unique.
- It is sometimes better to send your resume directly to the person
in charge of the department that you would like to work in.
- If you apply through a recruiter make your resume computer friendly
by using key words. Often recruiters check resume history, querying
resume databases, or they highlight the key skills that they are looking
for. Your chances to match your resume with the search criteria will
- Your resume is like your picture, your business card. You have to
"sell" your experience, skills and abilities in the job market.
- Make it easy to read, don't use very long sentences that are difficult
to follow. Short sentences can be skimmed quickly.
- Grammar and punctuation are very important. If you are not sure about
the grammar ask someone to proof-read your resume for you.
- Make your resume unique and special.
- Use very readable fonts with optimal size (11-12 pts).
- Use buzz words (key words) specific to your field and required for
- Present your working experience and education in a way that will interest
- Use strong, active words in a positive manner.
- Be sure that you add all the information about yourself. (don't forget
the cover letter, to write your address and contact names, company names
- Rewrite or delete passages to focus your resume to a specific job
- Be prepared with a list of references that can be used upon request.
- Ask people around you to have a look at your resume.
- You can use specialized companies that write resumes for you for a
fee (ask for an electronic copy on a disk)