A key part of getting your foot in the door for a job interview is a well put together resume. Follow these four tips to make your resume stand out from the crowd.
1. Provide complete and professional contact information.
Make sure that the phone numbers, e-mail addresses and street address provided on your resume are actively checked during the interview process. When a businessperson contacts you about a job opening, he or she is looking for a quick response. If you provide a phone number with voice mail that you only check once a week, you are likely to miss out on hiring opportunities.
And speaking of voice mail, record concise and brief messages. Now is not the time to have a five-year old sing your voice mail message.
Also, look carefully at the e-mail address that you provide on the resume. Allergictowork@me.com or firstname.lastname@example.org will leave a lasting impression in the interviewer’s mind; just not the right one.
2. Use action verbs and details to describe your accomplishments.
Which sounds better? Took part in five special events at work that raised money or Facilitated five special events that raised $700,000 for breast cancer research. The more specific and action-oriented sentence definitely wins. For lists of action verbs check out:
Oberlin College’s Big List of Action Verbs
San Francisco State University’s Action Verbs by Skills Clusters
3. Stick to easily readable fonts.
Arial, Calibri, and Times New Roman are good choices.
4. Have two people check your resume for grammar and spelling mistakes
Why do publishers employ editors? They know that authors need outside perspectives to catch grammar, spelling and context mistakes. The same principle applies to resume writing. Select two people with good proofreading skills to catch any mistakes that you may have made.
By following the four simple steps above, you will make your resume a cut above the rest.