1. DON’T lie on your resume
Many people try to
hide employment gaps by changing their true employment dates or they add false
educational degrees on their resumes. Prior to the internet age, background
checks were more difficult to perform and many companies did not put a good
effort in a detail background check. Today with the internet and many companies
who offer and specialize in background check services, most companies hiring do
background checks. If you lie you risk that job offer; nobody wants a dishonest
person working on their team.
2. DO have your name, address, cell number, and
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3. DON’T use cute/random/shared email addresses
Your email address
says a lot about you and sets a stage for your first impression, don’t use
non-professional email addresses. I have seen too many email addresses which
gives the wrong impression i.e.; “BigMomma@====.com” “BarbiMom@===.com”
“DrinkingBud@===.Com”. You get the picture, don’t use these types of email
addresses. Today, there are many services that give you free email accounts and
unlimited email addresses. You should have a separate email address for your
job search so this email box only contains your resume and job search emails.
The email address should reflect your name, and if that is taken add your zip
code or area code to get unused email address i.e.; “JohnDoe@===.com”
4. DON’T start your resume with an objective
Your objective is to
get a job! Not…. “I want to work for a
growing financial company as an accountant, that I can grow and ……..” Start with a Profile Summary of your skills, responsibilities, and
5. DO use keywords in your resume and cover
Keywords are the heart
of electronic resumes and job banks. Many employers and recruiters use keywords
to search resume databases. The more keywords that you have to match the
company’s keyword search the better odds your resume will be viewed. A keyword
search will look for words of; skills, knowledge, abilities, personal traits,
work experiences and academic requirements. When writing your resume, it is a
good idea to precede your key words with an action verb and end each statement
with specific facts and figures. Your base resume should contain as many
keywords for the position/career you’re looking for as possible. We recommend
reviewing about 10 job postings for
your position and make a keyword (nuggets)
list from each and then you can compile a solid list of words you need to
6. DO list your responsibilities, accomplishments
& volunteer work
Write a few sentences
for what you were responsible for at each job.
Hint, you can use your old job description or a similar one. For each
job include bullet points of successes and accomplishments you achieved on your
own or as part of a team.
What were you
responsible for and what were the results?
[X] as measured by [Y] by doing [Z]
other words, start each bullet point with an active verb, numerically measure what you accomplished, provide a
baseline for comparison, and detail what you did to achieve your goal.
December 05-January 13: Region Human Resources Manager,
Penske Truck Leasing- Responsible for over 2,000 employees and 165 locations,
across seven states. Managed two direct
reports, the day to day field HR operations, and a $10k recruiting budget.
80% positive employee engagement surveys implementing team meetings and shift
Delivered a comprehensive HR
training program to educate District Staff on Management 101.
over $1M in savings by successfully collaborating on over 10 Collective
Achieved zero union campaigns while
leading the SE Region.
7. DO use the present tense of verbs to describe
responsibilities in your current job or internship
Use the past tense
when describing responsibilities from previous jobs or internships. If you’re
unemployed then all your jobs need to be written in past tense.
*Effective Sentence Openers: Achieved, Delivered, Reduced, Saved, Grew,
Enhanced, Consolidated, Executed, Managed, Raised, Resolved, Created, Designed,
Generated, Improved, Expanded, Launched,
8. DON’T use months on your employment dates if
you have been out of work a long time.
Keep your resume
simple and only use the years that you worked. 2013 – 2014
9. DON’T include reasons you left any employment
You will be surprised
how many people include on their resume or cover letter reasons why they left
or were let go from their jobs. This topic has no place on your resume or cover
letter, this only needs to be part of an interview and only when you are asked.
10. DON’T include on your age on your resume
Height, date of birth,
place of birth, marital status, gender, weight, health, race/ethnicity, and
social security number. Don’t include information that could be perceived as
controversial such as sexual orientation, religion, church affiliations, or
hiring managers will search you on the internet.
include your salary history in your resume or cover letter, unless you are
asked to include it in your cover letter
Salary history should
only be spoken about if the hiring company brings it up for discussion.
* He/she who mentions a number first
loses. Always ask for the salary range!
proofread your resume
It can’t be emphasized
enough that you need to proofread your resume several times. Spell check is a
great tool but many times it autocorrects misspelled words to incorrect words.
Read your resume out loud to yourself; even have someone else proofread after
you. A hiring manager receiving a resume with typos, misspelled or misused
words will most likely place your resume in the no file. You also need to check
that your dates and timelines are consistent.
* Read your resume
an updated “Career Management Document”. Every 6 months update your
responsibilities and accomplishments.
have a 1 Page Resume
Times New Roman, 10 point
All companies look for candidates who can
communicate effectively and succinctly.
The one page resume demonstrates that you can
communicate your most important accomplishment this way.
hiring manager wants to wade through 2 pages of “fluff” before he gets to the
part he’s looking for: what you’ve done and how well you did it.
resume is a like an “executive summary”.
The highlights of your career. It
is designed to start a conversation, not finish one. You don’t need to include
everything; you’ll be discussing the details in the interview.
use personalized file names
When you save your
resume on your PC make sure you name the file with a name that identifies you.
For example save your resume in some form with your name and company that you
applied to “ResumeJohnDoe.UPS.doc” or “JohnDoeResume.UPS.doc”.
This is a professional method and when the recipient receives your resume and
saves it in their system they can locate it quickly. You also might want to
save it with your name, position title, and company especially if you have several
versions of your resume “JohnDoeSalesMgr.UPS”
change your Voice Mail Greeting
Change your voice mail greeting. Make sure it
is a greeting in your own voice, short and professional. Again this will help
with building a positive impression of you.
*Don’t list your home phone number on your
tell stories during the interview
An experienced interviewer will go through
your resume line by line. Be prepared to
tell a story about each of your bullet points on your resume. Use “I accomplished….
Instead of we…”
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