Chapter I. Selling Yourself on Paper
How to Make a Great First Impression
Your resume has to sell the reader in the top half.
- Your "Summary of Qualifications" should be stated simply with a particular career/job in mind.
- Your strongest skills should be listed in the beginning.
- If education is a strong asset, list it first; otherwise wait.
- The position titles and companies should be easy to pick out.
- Tailor your resume to the kind of job(s) you are looking for.
- If possible, match your qualifications to those listed in the ad or job description.
- The employer should be able to determine your accomplishments easily when reading work history.
- Avoid using long paragraphs.
- It should look clean and professional.
- Check for errors in grammar and spelling, using your spelling and grammar checker if you have a computer.
- Stick to one page (two at most!).
- Are there sufficient years or level of experience?
- Is work experience appropriate?
- Are there gaps in work history?
- Is resume neat and orderly?
- Does applicant have transferable skills?
- How does applicant compare with others under consideration?