Professionalism/Integrity. There’s simply no excuse for resumes to have any kind of misspellings or typos. Employers often toss resumes with even just one error in the trash. The other issue is honesty. Your resume is a statement of facts, so do not fudge your dates of employment, job titles, certifications, or educational achievements. It’s not only wrong, but more and more employers are conducting background checks.
Use of Accomplishments. In terms of job-hunting, nothing is more important than documenting all your accomplishments. It’s even better if you can quantify those accomplishments. Employers want job-seekers who are problem-solvers with a proven record of success. Do not describe your experiences in terms of duties and responsibilities. Read more.
Use of keywords and action verbs. Action verbs are verbs that make your experience jump from the page. And while more important in the days before e-resumes, action verbs are still important today. Keywords and keyword phrases are vital because as more and more resumes are placed into large databases, employers search for job-seekers the same way you use Google to search a topic — with one or more keywords. Read more about the power of keywords to enhance your resume. Review a detailed list of job-seeker action verbs.
Versions. Job-hunting today really requires more than one version of your resume. You still need your traditional “print” resume, but you’ll also want to develop one or more electronic versions of your resume. E-resumes come in a number of versions, including Rich Text, Text (ASCII), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Web (HTML). Each type of e-resume has a different benefit, a different use. Read more.
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