- Highlight leadership experience
- Explain what you did to make an impact on a specific project,
either in words or in dollars. Demonstrate that you identified a
problem, analyzed the problem, found solutions, and implemented the
solution successfully. Provide an example of results.
Demonstrate technical knowledge and experience (even if it is only
HTML, put it in).
- Include extracurricular activities. Employers like to see that
you have a life outside the job. Charity and community work is a
- Stress communication and interpersonal as well as analytical and
- Don’t blow anything up into more than it is. Says one veteran,
“It will come out during the interview and misrepresentation will
surely kill you.”
- Show that you can adapt quickly to new situations and are not
afraid to change. Key words: analytical, managed, led, formulated,
- Don’t succumb to the informality of e-mail. “If you send a
cover letter by e-mail that started with “Hi”, it and your resume
will probably end up in the trash,” says the assistant dean at the
University of Buffalo’s School of Management.
- It’s true that recruiters sometimes use scanners to sort
through resumes looking for certain keywords. But resumes appear
contrived when candidates consciously try to include them. Assume
that a person – not a computer – will be reading the resume. After
all, fewer than 25 percent of recruiters even use scanners.
- “A recruiter who receives resumes in pretty plastic
folders will likely toss them,” says Dave Opton, former VP of
personnel for Sterling Drug International. Another faux pas: Folding
a resume so that it fits into a standard business envelope. Says
Opton, “They’re easier to store and photocopy if they’re flat.”
Also, don’t try to differentiate your resume with boxes, bars, or
ornate lettering. When recruiters see a resume that’s designed
differently, they think the person is trying to hide something.
Instead, focus on content and your resume will rise to the top of
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