You know what they say about first impressions

Think of your resumé as the trailer to Your Career: The Movie. It gives an employer a glimpse of the kind of employee you’ll be, so you want it to accurately reflect the focus and determination you’ll bring to the job. A resumé is your initial sales tool to hook a company’s interest and make those potential employers want to learn more about you.

Great resumé content includes…

  • A summary or objective that serves as a snapshot of why you’re pursuing the job and what you bring to the table;
  • A list of core competencies and/or skills relevant to the job you’re pursuing;
  • Your work history, beginning with the most recent place of employment;
  • Your education history or recent coursework;
  • Side projects or volunteer experiences relevant to the job you’re
  • Your LinkedIn and/or GitHub profile, personal website, or any
    link related to your field;
  • XYZ bullet approach, meaning, “I did X, using Y, which resulted
    in Z.”

Common resumé mistakes include…

  • Spelling and grammatical errors;
  • Inaccurate information (work history, dates, degrees, etc.);
  • Inconsistencies in format (font sizes, punctuation, caps, bold
    text, etc.);
  • Not tailoring your resumé to the job you’re seeking;
  • Photos—don’t include a photo of yourself (or anyone) on your
  • Too lengthy or too many bullet points—ideally, your resumé
    should be two pages or less;
  • Graphics, colors, and funky fonts—simple is still best in resumé formatting.

Source: Michael Bunch/ACDS

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