Here are 4 important tips for resume writing.
- Proof Read it. There are a lot of managers out there who will simply throw away a resume that has a spelling error in it. Some will trash it for grammatical errors as well. If you type your resume in Word or WordPerfect be sure to print out a copy and read it aloud. Scan it several times for mistakes. Give it to a friend to proof it as well. Having a few other people look over your resume is only going to strengthen the content and keep it free from errors.
- Check the Format. I was talking with a hiring manager this past weekend and she stated if there is an error in the formatting (indents lining up, bullet points not lining up, etc) she tosses the resume into the trash can. Why would a company want to hire someone who has no attention to detail. Again, if you have someone proof your resume, this is another area they can check out for you. A properly formatted resume gives the appearance of someone who cares about presentation.
- Write a Master Resume First. Before you sit down to tweak or tailor your resume to the specific job you’re applying for, make a master resume. Put down all of your work experience. Write out everything you did at each place of employment including any additional skills you learned. When putting down your college experience be sure to add the extra curricular activities you did as well. Anything that a prospective hiring manager would be interested in. Having this Master List Resume will make it simple for you to scan through and tailor your resume to fit the job description you’re applying for.
- Manage Your Presence. Add your public LinkedIn Profile (make sure it’s up to date), your professional Twitter link (be sure to be tweeting a few times a day with relevant information), any technologies you’ve mastered in your career, and be sure to utilize keywords and buzzwords. These are things today’s hiring managers are looking for right off the bat. (read more on managing your online presence)
Remember a poorly written, bland resume is a reflection of you and your possible job performance. You want to put your best foot forward each time you send out your resume.