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By Andrew Kucheriavy
May 24, 2009 in Resume Writing

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Every job seeker knows that having a well-written resume is crucial to getting a good job. It is critical to get your resume polished to perfection before starting any kind of serious job search.

Every resume is one of a kind. A good resume should be appropriate to your situation. While there is a multitude of websites and resources online dedicated to resume writing, only a handful offer really useful and practical advice.

We’ve spoken to a number of experts in recruiting and career management, as well as other successful professionals to compile our Ten Most Important Tips on Writing a Good Resume.

Here they are: 

  1. Don’t lie on your resume. It’s not worth it. It may take one small lie to end your entire career. 

  2. Keep it simple. Choose substance over cheesy and flashy words. Include only what’s important. Most professionals will not spend the effort to read between the lines and will throw your resume out unless it simply and clearly states who you are, what you do and how you can benefit the company. Too general resumes do not get results. 

  3. Consider tailoring your resume for each specific job application. Focus on what you (the candidate) have to offer that will benefit the company. Address their needs and priorities. If a job ad asks for 5 year of experience, make sure to reflect that on your resume but never violate Rule #1 (don’t lie). 

  4. Always customize every cover letter that you submit with your resume and reference the person you are sending it to. Keep in mind that your cover letter and resume is the first impression that you make. Your job as a candidate is to make it as easy as possible for the person reading your resume to identify you as a good choice for their job opening.

  5. Keep it Short. Use bullet points to deliver key points in your resume. Nobody likes to read lengthy and wordy paragraphs. Lean how to deliver important messages in just a few words. Have 3 or 5 bullets at the top of your resume page, not 2 and not 4 (use the magic of odd numbers). 

  6. Write about your accomplishments and not just your job duties. There is a big difference between simply doing your job (which is expected of any employee anyways) and showing impressive accomplishments. 

  7. Include quantifiable results along with your accomplishments. Detail how you saved your company time, money, improved a process, increased sales by $X, increased efficiency by X%, etc. 

  8. Proofread, proofread and then have someone else proofread your resume. Proof read exhaustively. Read it out loud to make sure it flows nicely. Remember that spell check does not catch everything. There are many words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings/uses. 

  9. Keep it professional. No photos, no colored paper or fancy typefaces.

  10. Make sure to include references that will not only provide excellent feedback but are also capable and are willing to communicate it explicitly and eloquently to someone calling for a reference. Every reference on your resume has to an asset in your job quest and not a liability.

 

Special thanks to the LinkedIn community who contributed ideas and tips for this article!

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