Resume Writing Tips

At Vertex Resource Group, we want to help our job seekers present their qualifications in the best manner possible. A top-notch resume is a big step in the right direction. While we’re happy to discuss this topic with you in person, here’s a quick tutorial on how to polish your resume.

Ten Tips to Successful Resume Writing

  1. Build an outline. Every resume should include a header (including name and full contact information), profile and details on your work experience, skills and education.
  2. Write a strong profile. Some job seekers begin their resume with an objective; however, this approach focuses on your desires rather than the employer. A strong profile instead highlights your key strengths, often in bulleted form, enabling the employer to quickly decide if you posses the qualities they desire.
  3. Keep it short and sweet. Try to keep your resume to one page. This places a premium on concise sentences and paragraphs along with bulleted sentences where appropriate.
  4. Use action verbs. When describing your work experience, try to lead off each sentence with powerful verbs that convey importance; e.g. budgeted, devised, launched, maximized, spearheaded.
  5. Don’t overdo it. A resume should not be a comprehensive review of your life and career, so don’t fill up the entire page with text. A little white space will make your resume much easier to quickly review. On that note, don’t go too small with the font size (anything under 10 pt. is a strain to read).
  6. Be professional. Make sure absolutely no mistakes slip through the cracks. This means double checking the accuracy of all facts and scouring the resume for typos. If you are not a great proofreader, get help from someone who is.
  7. Keep it relevant to the position you seek. Do not include personal information like marital status or political affiliation.
  8. Sell yourself. The ultimate goal of a resume is to convince an employer you are worthy of a job interview. Think of a resume as a sales exercise in which you point out your most impressive work accomplishments.
  9. Be specific. When discussing your accomplishments or past responsibilities, provide specifics where possible. For instance, “Boosted department revenues by 8%.” You must also be able to explain how you accomplished said achievements.
  10. Don’t go cheap. Once you have finalized your resume, go the extra mile and spend the money for quality paper. A 24 lb. weight (white or off-white) presents very nicely.