Ten Tips to Making Your Resume Work for You
7. Present your accomplishments.
Remember, the purpose of a resume is to take you to the next step in the recruiting process. Highlight the accomplishments you are most proud of and the ones that you can talk about at length in the interview.
8. Be honest.
Do not lie or over-exaggerate experience. It is very easy to get caught. All of your information can be easily validated through the employment and background checks most companies use.
9. Only include what you can explain.
If you get to an interview, you are likely to be questioned on anything in your resume, so don’t keep anything in there that you can't talk about at length. If you don’t remember much about that project you did back in school, keep it out.
9. State your references.
If you are not including your references, always indicate that “references are available upon request.” Of course, you should have references up-to-date, let yours know that they may be called and make them aware of the type of job you are applying for.
6. Format your resume.
Spend some time formatting your resume so it is easy to read. Use one standard font like Times, Arial or Helvetica versus any fancy fonts. Don’t make it extra small because you are trying to fit too much detail on a page. It will only be distracting or even difficult to read. But it is okay to use headings, bold type, bullets or underlines to indicate special details to which you want to call attention (italics tend to be hard on the eyes).
10. Check and re-check for errors.
Proofread and spell check as many times as you need to. Typos and grammatical errors in a resume are no-nos and many recruiters and hiring managers will reject qualified candidates because their documents have these inexcusable flaws. Let a few family members or friends review your resume to make sure it reads well. All right, now. What have I missed? What should tip #11 be?