Most important, the resume should be an effective sales tool
for the particular job you are pursuing. The resume is not an application form.
The most impressive information about you or what qualifies you most for the job
should be at the job title of the position you are pursing, as well as a summary
or qualifications statement.
In the body of the resume, use action verbs in the present tense emphasizing
skills and accomplishments and the nature and scope of what you have done. Do
not put your dates in the margin. They are not what to emphasize.
You can include them after the city and state where the company is located. For
resumes that will be scanned into a computerized applicant retrieval system,
commonly used in larger companies, you should not underline or use fancy
graphics, colored paper, or elaborate fonts. Use terms and jargon often used in
your field and a resume format that is commonly used in your field.
Readability is the most important quality of an effective resume. A resume
should be formatted in such a way that it invites a prospective employer to read
on, and the content should be itemized as bullets, each item leading off with a
dynamic verb that is specific and action oriented so that at a glance, within
three seconds, the employer will have an immediate sense of what you have done
and what you know. If the resume is readable in these two areas, the employer
will be motivated to take a closer look.
It is virtually important that the resume speak to an employer's needs, not the
job seeker's. Employers are not usually interested in the fact that you are
looking for a challenge or the next step in your career. Instead they want to
know how you can help them solve their problem. After all, if they did'nt have a
problem they would not be hiring. So find out what they are looking for as best
you can by doing your research, and give examples by accomplishments through out
your resume that demonstrate that you are the best person for their