10 Tips for Improving a Resume

When it comes to an effective job search, you need to craft a solid resume. Most people have a general idea of what resume writing is but they may miss a few fine points. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, familiarize yourself with the following ten tips.

  1. Use action words. That means the resume must be in the present tense and avoid passive verbs and phrases. Action words and wording truly do bring the resume - and your experience - alive.
  2. Proofread the resume. This is the most common error people make during the resume writing process and it cna eb a kilelr! (Translation - "can be a killer") Yes, you really need to double check the resume repeatedly to avoid typos, misspellings, and other disastrous problems.
  3. Promote your accomplishments. Have you won any awards or honors? List them in as comprehensive of a manner as you can. Doing so truly will make you shine in a crowded job market. Often, accomplishments are what set you apart from the crowd.
  4. Do not get too creative with the fonts. Generally, you can mix 2 - 3 different fonts on the resume. When you go overboard with many different fonts, the resume becomes confusing. Certainly, that would not be helpful at all for your job search venture.
  5. Be sure to include complete contact information. Let's repeat that: be sure to include complete contact information. This means name, address, phone number, and email. You cannot be called into an interview if no one can find you!

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Gail Esparan