​​​​​​​Tips for Success: Getting Your Resume Noticed

  1. Put all of your contact information at the top of your resume, including an active email address, phone number, and a LinkedIn profile URL if you have one.

  1. Begin your resume with a “Summary” section that gives a brief overview of your experience and top skills. This helps recruiters get a quick snapshot of where you’ve been and what talents you can bring to the job.

  1. When writing the jobs/experience section of your resume start with a short paragraph of the day-to-day duties of the job, and then follow with bullet points to highlight any specific achievements such as awards or promotions, improving a process, or cutting budget costs. This draws the reader’s eyes to your top accomplishments.

  1. When including dates for each position on your resume, only use years and not months. This will minimize the appearance of any gaps in employment and makes the document cleaner.

  1. Keep your resume length to 1-2 pages. You don’t have to include every position you’ve had; most recruiters are interested in the past 5 – 10 years or those roles that are most relevant to the job you are applying for.

  1. Unless you're a recent grad, put any higher education or certifications you have at the end of the resume.

  1. Add any volunteer work after the education as “Community Involvement” or “Volunteer Activities.”

  1. Do not include any personal interests, keep the document strictly professional.

  1. Choose a font size between 10 – 12 and include plenty of spacing between job descriptions so the resume is easy to read.

  1. Finally, ask a friend or family member to read through your resume so it is ready for applications.
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