Here are my favorite things to see included when preparing a great resume:
- One page in length (generally), and I prefer no more than two pages in most situations.
- Neat appearance. Use bullet points as needed. Save room for white space. Make it readable.
- Provide an honest assessment of skills and experience.
- Make it concise and use good action-oriented words (e.g., developed, handled, organized, created, etc.), when describing experience.
- Ask someone to check your resume and be sure they really critique your work.
- Include name, address, phone number, education, and experience.
- If re-entering the job market or beginning an entry level job, claim the experience you actually have achieved. Experience can include such things as:
Lawn Care/Snow Removal
Working for relatives
- Create a list of awards/honors received, along with information for at least three references, and set aside to use if requested.
- Depending on position, include a personalized cover letter stating reasons qualified and why desire that company.
- Follow-up resume by phone to show interest.