Writing My Own Resume
By understanding what potential employers' think
about when looking at a resume you can improve your odds of being called for an
Can this applicant fulfill
our company's needs?
It sounds obvious but even if you have the
necessary skills and experience, a resume that is not properly targeted to the
specific company and opening can make it hard for the employer quickly skimming
your resume to see this.
Rather than submitting a generic résumé for every job a customized résumé is
better. It may take a bit
more time, but it's worth it.
Only include points that are relevant to your current career focus. For example,
you probably don't want to include your job as a waiter 10 years ago if your
current job focus is in accounting. You don't want to make a hiring manager wade through
your resume in
hopes of finding relevant information.
Will this applicant stay with our company for the long-term?
The hiring process is time consuming and expensive so hiring managers want employees who aren't likely to
quit after a short stint.
Thus they will look for a stable work history on your resume.
Consider using a
functional, rather than a chronological, résumé if you job-hopped a lot in the
past. If you belong to a professional
association, possess certifications, or take professional
education courses, then list these on your résumé since it shows you are
dedicated to your profession.
How professional is this applicant?
Make sure your résumé is free of typos and grammatical
Make sure your resume is easy to understand
since if the hiring manager
has a question about your experience, they don't want to waste time
to call you for clarification.
Have someone read your résumé to spot any errors
you might have missed.
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