Following these 10 Easy Steps will bring you
to the point where you can use your own discretion for improvements
or modifications to your resume. There are no magic bullets to having
a great resume. Showing clear progression and professional growth
will get you noticed. Being able to clearly discuss your career
progression as it relates to your goals will help you get the job.
First, list all jobs you’ve had in reverse
chronological order from your current position down to your
first professional position. (Those with less experience should
consider adding legitimate Internships or major College Group
Projects.) Just start writing or typing.
Add each Promotion/Title change at each employer
including the dates that such progressions took place wherever
Now for the details. For each Title you’ve
held, list your Duties, daily Activities, Reporting structure
(who you worked for or who reported to you). Don’t worry about
format or the amount of data you write down, we’ll get to that
Add Accomplishments, Goals you reached, Improvements
you made, Processes you’ve streamlined, Input you made that
added to the bottom line.
Write down your Education achievements and
Write down your Technical skills for Hardware,
Software, Programming languages, Databases, Middleware, Communications,
and Networking. Or, those skills relevant to your career field.
Now, organize your data by this order: Your
Name and Contact Information (centered), Education and Certifications,
Technical or Skills Summary, Work Experience, Publications/Speaking
Engagements/Workshops (if any). State Objectives and the Position
you are interested in on the Cover Letter. Use your own discretion.
Go back and read your resume for “back-patting”.
Your resume should contain facts, not adjectives or subjective
comments. If you say that you increased/decreased or improved/enhanced
anything, be prepared to back it up with very specific data.
In regard to the length of your resume, ask yourself if what
you are writing down is something you’d talk about during an
interview. If it is, write it down (within reason).
Review your resume for spelling and grammar
(run the spell and grammar checkers). Have a friend or two review
your resume and ask for their honest opinion.
Write a cover letter specifically stating
what position you are applying for and briefly describe the
experience you have relating to the opening. Highlight the value
that you can bring to the prospective employer. Try to get names
and titles of the decision makers so that you address your cover
letter and resume to the proper people. If you don’t get any
feedback, call and politely find out the status of your resume
as well as where the company is in the interview process. The
squeaky wheel gets the grease!