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Resumé Tips

Your resume is the first chance for you to make an impression. Truth is; a bad resume might get you a quick trip to the trash can or at best puts you in a "call later to discuss" file. You can save a lot of time and quite possibly put you at the top of the stack if you follow a few simple tips. There are many formats you could follow. There are specific resume programs you could purchase, but Microsoft Word contains templates that work perfectly fine. We have provided one possible example as well. Our sample and tips are based on sales positions. As you construct your resume, here are some things to keep in mind.

Resumé Example

  • Most resumes should be one page. If you have several years of work history, you can go to two pages. Never exceed two pages.
  • Consider the resume "The Best of You". Do not describe everything you have ever done since Kindergarten. Hit the highlights, be concise, don't be modest.
  • Make sure you list who you work for, what you sell, who you sell it to, what dates you were employed and how well you did. Start with your most recent position and work backwards. The general rule is to list every position from the time you graduated college. Include any specific words relating to your experience, i.e. cardiovascular, software, capital equipment, etc. Most recruiters and HR professionals have software programs that word search through documents.
  • List prominent accomplishments in your work history, territory increases, quotas, ranking, awards, and contests won, etc. When listing sales increases use percentages rather than dollar amounts. Make sure that any figures you put on your resume can be documented and explained by you in an interview! List the accomplishments as bullet points under the job they were achieved at. Listing all of your achievements under a separate heading forces the reader to play a matching game.
  • List your education and graduation date, list grade point if good, list major if it relates to the position you seek.
  • DO NOT: list current salary, salary expected, reason for leaving positions (other than company closing), geographic or other limitations. Do not use less than a 10 point type. References should be submitted on a separate page.
  • If you are going to include an objective make it generalized so that it does not have to be altered for each interview. Make sure your objective matches the job you are interviewing for! Try using a summary rather than an objective. Focus on what you know rather than what you want.
  • SPELL CHECK! If grammar is not your strong point find someone to help you. When you are done building your resume; have someone else read it, then read it again. Would you call you for an interview?