Winning Resumes: Working through stacks of resumes, hiring managers and recruiters only spend seconds deciding whether to save you resume or delete it. You need to know how to write resumes employers will want to read.
The best resumes show why you are the most qualified candidate for the job. ~ www.jaywren.com
Thirty Years of Reading Resumes
I based the following information on feedback I have received from hiring managers, staffing managers, and other recruiters. I have also discussed resumes with hundreds of applicants. These are suggestions only, but the layout is a working format.
A resume is a job application. You list the jobs you have had. Additionally, you list where you performed those jobs and when you had those jobs.
If you replace the information below with your information, you will have written a resume.
Street address City, State Zip
OBJECTIVE AND SUMMARY
Stating an objective or a giving a summary at the beginning of the resume is common practice. However, stating an objective or providing a summary is optional.
There is no sentence structure in a resume. The wording in a resume is simply a series of statements of actions and accomplishments.
For example, this is a sentence: “I doubled the company’s sales in 6 months.” However, this is resume wording: “Doubled company’s sales in 6 months.”
The history in a resume includes more than employment periods. Additionally, you must show that you have the skills, education, and experience to qualify you as a leading candidate.
(Most recent job first)
Company Name, company Location, From–To
Most recent title, location, From–To
Use bullet format.
• List things you have accomplished. Do not waste space on your just giving a job description. List things that showed that you made a difference in the positions you held.
• Use facts—for example, exceeded assigned sales goal by 30%, reduced costs, promoted people, saved time, increased productivity, etc.
• Employers and recruiters search their databases for specific words, so list successes with specific industry words or functions. Include the actual name of your product categories, product names, sales accounts, functions (e.g., Profit & Loss, Market Research or Software Names, New Product Development, Market Insights, Innovation), etc.
Next list previous titles at this company and again list successes and accomplishments in bullet format.
Then include Previous Companies going back in time from most recent.
Normally, education goes at the bottom of the resume. However, people who have recently received a degree or a credential might consider putting education at the top of the resume.
Here are other items that might go at the bottom of the resume:
- Extra skills
- Volunteer work
- Relevant college employment.
How to Shorten Winning Resumes
Avoiding the following items will shorten your resume. Additionally, omitting these items will make the focus on why you are the leading candidate.
- References or References Available on Request
- Long paragraph formats
- Long-winded discussions of core responsibilities
- Too many details on jobs with well-known functions
- Details on jobs that date too far back in time
- Paragraph formatting
- Third person reference