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INTRODUCTION    THE BASICS    WHERE TO START?

    TYPES OF RESUMES:    Chronological    Functional    Combination

RESUME DO'S AND DON'TS    10 QUICK TIPS FOR RESUME SUCCESS    9 WORST RESUME MISTAKES
10 WAYS YOUR RESUME IRKS HIRING MANAGERS    DON'T MAKE THESE MISTAKES
    RESUME LINKS    STYLE TIPS

WHAT'S IN A NAME    CONTACT INFORMATION    WORK EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION & SKILLS


10 QUICK TIPS FOR RESUME SUCCESS!

by Kim Isaacs
Monster Resume Expert

These tidbits add up when it comes to producing a great resume!

  1. Smart Subject Lines

Emailing your resume? With the increase in spam and emails containing viruses, it's best to use a descriptive subject line that compels hiring managers to read your email. Avoid anything that might resemble spam, such as all caps and exclamation points. Include your name, the job title, job reference number (if any) and a few words regarding your qualifications. Example: "Job ref. #23432 -- Mary Jones, Network Engineer/MCSE."

  1. Number Usage

Are you writing numbers correctly in your resume? According to the Gregg Reference Manual, numbers one through ten should be spelled out, while figures should be used for 11 and higher. Exceptions include numbers used with dates (April 9), percentages (5%), money ($5 million), ratios/proportions (2-to-1) and time (2 p.m.). However, some job seekers don't spell out any numbers, because the eye gravitates to numerals, drawing attention to important accomplishments. The main point: be consistent in formatting numbers throughout your resume.

  1. Prioritize Achievements

Give your most impressive accomplishments prominence by placing them before other, less impressive achievements. Review your list of accomplishments and rank them in order of importance and relevance to your career goal. Employers skimming your resume will see your strongest accomplishments first.

  1. Careful with Capitalization

Did you know it's incorrect to capitalize job titles on your resume, unless you're using it as part of a header or at the beginning of a sentence? For example, "promoted to sales manager after demonstrating top-ranked performance" is the correct format.

  1. Salutation Solutions

When corresponding with employers, use the traditional salutation if the name is known (for example, "Dear Ms. Jones"). It's always best to address cover letters to a specific person, but if you cannot obtain a name, use "Dear Hiring Manager." Avoid "Dear Sir or Madam" and "To Whom it May Concern" -- both salutations are outdated.

  1. Use the Active Voice

Add punch to your resume by using active voice instead of passive voice. If your sentences are written in active voice, they will present you as a doer and achiever. Compare these sentences to see how active voice is more concise and dynamic. Passive: $1.2 million in new products were sold. Active: Sold $1.2 million in new products. Review your resume and look for ways to express your accomplishments in active voice.

  1. Stay in the Now

If your resume contains a long work history, keep in mind that employers are most interested in your recent experience. Provide ample descriptions of your accomplishments from the last 10 to 15 years. As you move back in time, present just the facts: company name, city, state, job title, dates and a brief blurb about what you accomplished.

  1. Type for Today

Still inserting two spaces after periods? This convention is a throwback to the old typewriter days, when two spaces were used to help signal the end of a sentence because typefaces were monospace. With today's proportional fonts, two spaces after periods can create distracting rivers of white space. Update your resume's look by inserting just one space after periods.

  1. Show Your Stuff

Make your resume more convincing not by telling them, but showing them. For example, instead of stating that you have "excellent interpersonal skills," prove your skills through achievements such as receiving a customer service award or successfully negotiating a lucrative deal.

  1. Be Honest

Is your resume truthful? Many job seekers misrepresent themselves by falsifying information such as education, employment dates and accomplishments. Omitting facts can also be misleading. If the lie is discovered, you could lose out on an excellent opportunity or be fired after accepting a position. Your best bet is to honestly portray your career history.

Ten Quick Tips for Resume Success! from Monster.ca