- Use a functional or position title rather than an objective statement.
- Avoid using a functional approach if at all possible, because recruiters want to know where you were when, and that is often what they look for first. If dates are hard or impossible to find, your resume will be passed over.
- Write in first person (with “I” understood), beginning each phrase with a verb—an action word—rather than “responsible for,” which lacks impact.
- Provide a brief description of your employers (unless they are very well known) to give the reader some idea of the industry, size, number of employees and markets served.
- Describe each of your positions in understandable language (recruiters must understand what you do) and then use bullet points to showcase several achievements for each position.
- Focus on your last 10 years of employment. Truncate early career experience, e.g., “Several years’ additional award-winning experience in sales management.”
- Use an employer-focused approach, tailoring the resume to the job or functions you want to perform; leave off unrelated experience unless doing so would leave a gap in employment.
- Describe problems you have solved, challenges you have overcome and results you have achieved in each position.
- Avoid editorializing; illustrate success by way of metrics (numbers that reflect performance). Explain your unique story in words that describe your activities and achievements like a camera would see them, without adjectives like “successful.”
- Avoid providing any information that would allow an employer to discriminate against you.
To your success!
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC