Writing a great resume to use for your next job search will help to get you noticed and hopefully get you an interview. While you need to be qualified for the job, a well written resume can get your foot in the door.
If you have at least five years of relevant experience, put it first on your resume. If it’s related to the job your seeking, put your most recent job first and use reverse chronological order from there. If you’ve just recently graduated and have only a couple years experience, place the education before the experience. This way you will attract the reader with your most important information first. When writing about previous jobs, or accomplishments at your current job, use past tense. Only use present tense when discussing your current job duties or hobbies (if you must have them on your resume).
Your resume should be one to two pages long. If you do need to have a two page resume, make sure the most important facts are on the front page so that you get the reader’s attention. Make your resume easy to read by using white space. You don’t want to cram too much text onto one page. If your resume looks a little heavy on text consider using that second page, or better yet, remove some of the nonessential information like unrelated jobs and hobbies.
Have someone look over your resume. Not only to proofread it for spelling and grammatical errors, but also to get their opinion of the overall look of your resume. Include a cover letter with your resume that specifically speaks to the job posting that you’re applying for. Do not include references with your resume, bring them with you and provide them after a successful interview. You also shouldn’t put “references available upon request” on your resume since it’s expected that you’ll have them available anyways.
While it might take some time to perfect it, having an impressive resume just might lead to getting the job you want!