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Skills section should have 3-4 items per column and no more than 7-8.
It is beneficial to include a list of bulleted items that focus on the skill set the applicant brings to the job. This also allows candidates to highlight specific keywords that will grab the attention of a hiring manager. If those keywords are aligned with what is listed in the job description, thats even better! However, its essential not to get carried away in this section. It should be a quick, but impressive, skim before the reviewer heads to the experience section. No more than eight bullets are recommended. Focus on the top skills that the employer is seeking to make the best impact. This resume could remove self-motivated and dependable to make the highlights section flow better. Highlights
Dont list experience that is older than 15 years.
There is only so much space on a resume. Ideally, it should be kept to 1-2 pages maximum. That means job seekers need to be particular with what is added to the resume. Job experience older than 15 years is often not relevant. The only reasons to add older job experience is if a candidate has been with a company for longer than that period of time or if that experience will be beneficial to the position applied for and there isnt enough relevant job experience already listed. Example of older experience that does not benefit the resume: August 1976 toSeptember 1981 General American Life Insurance Company St. Louis, MO Assistant Supervisor
Make certain education is listed clearly.
Nearly all employers will want to know what an applicants education level is. Its important to list both the degree and the area of expertise the degree is in. It is fine not to list dates unless it is recent enough to be relevant. If you only took coursework but did not obtain a degree, list Coursework in [specialty area], Name of School. Dont leave hiring managers wondering what type of degree was earned. Education St. Louis Community College St. Louis, Mo Business Administration
Only list relevant and applicable affiliations.
Try to highlight only affiliations that are current and relevant to the job applied for. The organizations should be aligned with the industry or type of position. The only legitimate reason for listing another organization is if the job seeker held a board position of some sort. Dont use acronyms unless certain it is widely enough known that the hiring manager will recognize it. Leading committees should be not only relevant, but also fairly impressive to be listed in the affiliations section. Affiliations CPI Corp Retirement Plan Committee CPI Corp Employee Appreciation Committee CPI Corp Communication Committee CEBS Spending time to build the best possible resume will be a huge asset when it comes to rising to the top of the resume pile. Keeping the content geared towards grabbing the attention of the reviewer and then demonstrating the most applicable experience and education is key to getting a call for that first interview. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder offers experienced advice to create resumes that show off a candidates ability to success in the new position.