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Tried and True Tips to Improve Your Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: April 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

I recently watched a YouTube video 10 Resume Tips, Improving Your Resume & CV – Advice From Justin.

He provided solid tips, including the following:

Each resume and cover letter should be tailored to each position sought

  • Never make the mistake of creating one resume and cover letter then sending it to 10, 50, 100 or more job openings. You won’t get an interview that way. You must convince the hiring manager that you are the perfect candidate for the position. The only way to do that is to tailor each resume/cover letter for that particular opening.

Include a compelling cover letter in your professional employment package

  • A well-written cover letter allows you to immediately prove to the hiring manager that you are the ideal candidate. The best way to do this is to use the T-style cover letter. In it, you have two tables. The one on the left states the position’s responsibilities. The one on the right dovetails your knowledge/skills/abilities to the responsibilities. It’s a great visual representation of your worth.

Begin your resume with a strong opening summary

  • Objectives are out. They tell the hiring manager what the candidate wants – not what the candidate can do for the company. This is an important distinction. Qualifications summaries should again paint you as the perfect candidate for the position. Include one, preferably two, recent/relevant/quantified accomplishments to support your claims. It’s not enough to write, “Proven expertise in X, Y, Z.” That’s your opinion. It’s better to write, “Proven expertise in X, Y, Z, as evidenced by (then state the accomplishment that proves what you’ve claimed).”

Results are all that matter

  • Hiring managers aren’t interested in tasks. They want to know the results of those tasks. For example, an administrative assistant may write, “Reorganized file system.” All that states to the hiring manager is that the individual did the job. Nothing more. It’s better to show results, such as, “Increased department productivity 37% by reorganizing files.” Always include results.

Your documents must be error free

  • You may have stellar credentials and outstanding accomplishments. However, if your resume and cover letter have spelling or grammatical errors you won’t be considered for the position. Use spell and grammar check. Proofread carefully

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