Resume Preparation Tips

Your resume is the only item a potential employer sees when making a decision to further consider you.  A well composed resume shows the employer you are the best qualified candidate and will guarantee an interview. Your resume should be impactful, professional, relatively brief but still comprehensive.

Important Resume Tips:

  • Potential Employers like to see specific accomplishments including numerical results and how you attained them on your resume. This is much better than generalized statements. Examples might be:
    • Reduced Manufacturing scrap by __ percent through application of Six Sigma techniques
    • Increased Productivity by __ percent via team building and increased employee involvement
    • Attained Purchased Price reductions of __ percent for a savings of $___from Suppliers via "win-win" negotiations and extensive pre-negotiation research and preparation
  • Be sure to indicate the industries you worked in and the products made or services rendered by both you and the company.  Include the approximate size of your prior companies and locations in terms of number of employees and Sales, and the number of people/size of organization you supervised if any.
  • Include your education and certifications including the institution(s) you received them from.  Including the dates of the degrees is recommended.
  • Include the months, not just the years, of your employment background.  For instance "Company X, April 2008 - August 2009.
  • Whenever possible, indicate the reason you left a previous job, such as "Company Closed", or "Accepted promotion/compensation increase" or "Desired relocation to a different State".
  • While a one page resume is often recommended, a two or even three page resume is more than acceptable to explain your accomplishments and skills.
  • Be sure to format the resume in a professional manner and ensure it is free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Include a cover letter for your resume indicating why you are open to another position, what you can offer to a new employer, your compensation requirements (a range is fine) and where you will relocate to if appropriate.
  • If you are applying for a specific job, consider tailoring your resume to the job requirements.
  • Above all, be honest and accurate.  Your degrees, employment history and other claims will be verified prior to an employment offer via background checks and references.

Can't think of anything to write down about what you do in your job? We have created a list of helpful questions. By answering some of these questions you’re guaranteed to capture some new thoughts about your job responsibilities and skills. Click here for the complete list.