The old-fashioned generic resume, with its tired and tedious chronological list of jobs and responsibilities, no longer cuts it. Your 2009 resume needs to be a knockout marketing piece that highlights your strengths and helps you stand out from the crowd. Of course, writing such resumes is fun for us professional marketers who savor any creative opportunity to talk about ourselves, not much fun for everyone else.
Conventional resume wisdom says to keep it to one or two pages, depending on the extent of your experience. Are you having trouble meeting these page requirements? If you have a few lines that you just can’t fit onto that page, the following tips may help.
Choosing the right wording on your resume is very important. Some words pack a punch, and some leave the reader wanting more information. This week, we’ll focus on two verbs that don’t have much power.
How many times have you heard, “Every bullet in a resume should start with a verb”? Dozens at least, right? Then why are you starting your bullets with a phrase that’s not a verb?
Then why are you starting your bullets with the phrase “Responsible for”?
When I review resumes I find many commonly used words and phrases that are either outright erroneous or simply useless on a resume. I hope my upcoming series of resume deletion tips will decrease the appearance of these words on resumes throughout the job-hunting market.
Are you applying for a job or scholarship? The following list of pitfalls to avoid apply to *all* aspects of the process: resumes, cover letters, essays, and even your interview and thank you note.