Resume Hints and Suggestions

  1. Communicate Clearly. The better the information you give, the better your new resume will be! Also, honesty is always the best policy. If you have challenging circumstances it is important to address them in a positive way.
  2. Be Clear On Your Career Goal. Having a specific job target will help your resume showcase your skills, experience, and accomplishments. If you want a “general resume” it will not be as successful as a resume that is written for a specific job target.
  3. Invest In Yourself. Your new resume is just one tool in your job search toolbox. How you present yourself at networking events and job interviews is important.
  4. Your Resume is a Marketing Document, Not an Obituary. Every detail about your life and work history isn’t necessarily needed on your resume. Certain jobs in your past may not be relevant to your career target.
  5. Don’t “Lend” Your Resume to Anyone Else. Your new resume is a customized document developed just for you. Allowing someone else to use your resume(format, design, and/or wording) may even dilute its effectiveness for you — especially if you “lend it” to a co-worker or colleague.
  6. Keep Your Resume Updated. Once you land a new position (and you’re sure you’re going to stay — usually, after the first 90 days, you know) add your new position. Keep an accomplishments journal so you can track your achievements in your new role, which makes it easier to respond to new opportunities that come up.

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