Resume Writing Tips

Tip #1: Create An Outline
Great resumes start with great planning. Before you begin, on a separate sheet of paper summarize your skills, professional experience, education and awards, and jot down several references. Think about the type of job you’re looking for, and then select the information that seems most relevant.

Tip #2: Customize Your Resume
Employers and job descriptions can vary tremendously, requiring an emphasis on different skills and experience. So don’t hesitate to customize your resume whenever appropriate. You might want to create several different resumes as needed, and should save each version for later use.

Tip #3: Keep Things Organized
Employers rarely read resumes from start-to-finish. Instead, they scan them quickly for certain information, and are used to seeing facts and details organized a certain way. Resumes do vary greatly in terms of look and feel, but most are more-or-less organized into these distinct sections:
Contact Information
Summary of Qualifications/ Skill Set
Professional Experience
Education & Affiliations

Tip #4: Tell The Truth, The Whole Truth, Nothing But …
Stick to the facts, and don’t exaggerate or make anything up. Accurately write down dates of employment, duties, your accomplishments and experience. At the same time, don’t add personal information that’s not relevant to the job, such as hobbies or interests. Keep things professional by never using “I”, “me,” or “my”, while making your experience read like job descriptions (instead of simply listing your duties). Finally, avoid using any fancy fonts, colored paper, or other attention-getting gimmicks.

Tip #5: Emphasize What You Bring, Not What You Take
As you fill in these categories from your outline, focus on what you bring to the company, instead of what you expect from the job. For example, narrow down your qualifications to those you think your employer would need the most, and include job results that show how they’d actually benefit from hiring you.

Tip #6: Check For Errors
Typos, bad grammar, or factual mistakes all reduce your chances for getting that all-important interview. So make sure you pay close attention to detail, and double- and even triple-check your resume when completed. Another good idea is to have a friend or family member proofread your resume, since they might pick up errors, omissions, and redundancies that you’d otherwise miss.

Tip #7: Get Feedback & Help
The only people who can really determine the strength of your resume are the people meant to read it – so try to get as much feedback as you can from employers and your Concert service manager. And remember, you can always visit your local Ultimate branch office to pick up some hands-on advice from our knowledgeable staffing experts.

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