Step 1: Review and update. Update your resume every time you finish a project, change jobs, complete training, etc. Take time to update contact information – it is critical you have the correct phone number and email address. Also, include links to online profiles, like LinkedIn.
Step 2: Use the right words. Try to avoid overused words such as: hardworking, team player, detail-oriented, etc. Prove those words in your accomplishments and results; actions speak louder than words.
Step 3: Customize your resume. Create a unique resume for every job application. Make simple tweaks to focus on how you match up to the company’s position. Talk their language.
Step 4: Fill in the gaps. Gaps happen. If you have them, it’s up to you to disclose the reasons. If possible, fill you gap time with positive things you have done, such as volunteer work and training (if applicable).
Step 5: Prove your value. Your resume should be filled with facts and figures of the positive items you’ve accomplished in your career. Use dollars, percentages, numbers, etc. to make your point.
Step 6: Choose the appropriate length. Your resume should reflect your experience. If you have less than 10 years of experience and only 1 or 2 positions; one page is usually sufficient. If you have more than 10 years of experience and numerous accomplishments; more than one page is OK.
Remember, most recruiters only take a few seconds for the initial resume review. Will yours make it to the next stage? What are your best resume tips? Let me know in the comments.