This simple resume recently landed Joe Doe a permanent position with 50% salary increase. (Click on the image to the right to see the real resume - only the names were changed to preserve privacy.)
It illustrates key points about a winning resume:
One Pertinent Page - Choose relevant experience that sells your experience and expertise for the job for which you are applying. Don't tell your life story.
Attractive & Appealing - It's easy to read, scannable, it was created in MS Word. Construct clear, powerful statements that emphasize your achievements, abilities and expertise.
Use Powerful, Positive Active Verbs - Google: active verbs resume to find listings of powerful, positive active verbs that sell your experience and accomplishments effectively. Do not use a passive sentence structure.
Efficient, Effective - Use short, powerful, succinct sentences. "Eliminate ALL Unnecessary Words!" Say: "Maintained client records" not "I have experience maintaining client records." Avoid using "I."
List Most Compelling Achievements First - Assume readers will not read your resume completely so hook their interest early. What separates you from the competition? What makes you different, better?
Emphasize Achievements & Expertise - Show how you excelled at your work. Did you lead, develop or improve a work process? Were you a primary point of contact? If you saved money or increased revenue say how much and describe how you did it.
People Skills - Joe promised exceptional interpersonal skills at the end of his resume and he demonstrated them while he waited for his interview. That landed him a dream job. Be genuinely likable and attractive.
What can you do to separate yourself from the competition?That's the key to Successful Interviewing.