If you are looking for work, you are probably applying to more than one type of company. You want them to know you are a unique individual with the combination of skills, experience and education they are looking for. Your resume is the instrument by which you accomplish this. It shouldn’t be a clone of every other resume out there and it shouldn’t be your complete life history either.
Your resume is your introduction to a company. It should make their mouth water and make them want to meet with you as soon as possible. One way you do this is to tailor your resume to each company you apply to. A single resume does not work in all cases. This isn’t one size fits all.
We are all a sum of our total experiences. You may have had accounting experience at one company you worked for while your computer skills may have been more utilized at another. They are both excellent assets but if you are applying for a position as a bookkeeper, you don’t want focus on your typing speed and extensive knowledge of search engines. However if you are being considered for a position as a researcher for a newspaper, those skills could be quite valuable.
Nothing is a bigger turn off to a potential employer than a poorly done resume. It indicates laziness, lack of self-respect and an employee who will not take pride in their work. Check you punctuation and spelling. Make sure the name of company and the person you address your resume to are both spelled correctly.
Make It Appealing to the Eye
Keep the resume to one page if at all possible. Balance the amount of information presented with white spaces on the page. This makes the resume easier to read and to photocopy or scan. Use bold face type or bullet points to draw attention to significant data. Use meaningful headers such as International Experience or Specialized Skills but only if they apply.
Include examples of your past achievements if they are pertinent. A potential employer might want to know that you saved you last employer $100,000 with cost-cutting plans. Include your personal information such name, address and your contact information but avoid mentioning age, marital status, salary expectations.
In order to pack the biggest punch, leave out redundant information. There’s no need to mention your high school information if you are providing your college information. Do not provide references until the interview. This takes up valuable space in the resume and they probably won’t call them until after they’ve met you and decide they like you anyway.