Resume Tips

  • The title in your resume can be one of the most important sections in your resume.  Many hiring authorities often look at the title to determine if there is interest to move to the next step. 
  • The best way to get additional responses to your resume is to include numerous key words and acronyms that apply to your background and job.  Defense professionals should not omit acronyms on various projects or products they have worked on.  Sometimes the acronyms you think no one knows is just the one that gains the attention of all involved in the hiring process.  Incorporate these key words into your resume in various areas if it is truthful. 
  • Overkill.  Anything over two pages is too long.
  • Vagueness.  Quantify your results.  Don't state: "Responsible for supervising 300 employees."  Instead say: "Managed the marketing department which increased revenues 82 percent in a four-year period."  Don't write a job description; list what you have accomplished.
  • Creative Format.  Avoid patterning your resume after the same examples everyone else uses. Hiring authorities get bored with look-alike resumes.  Be creative and different- but only to a point.
  • Colored paper. Any color other than white is unacceptable. Colored paper does not copy well so keep in mind that your resume will be distributed to multiple people.
  • Tiresome details.  If you're well into your career, skip those college summer jobs.  As you advance in age and up the corporate ladder, pare down your resume.  Nobody really cares that you worked your way through college waiting tables, especially when you're applying for an executive position with a securities firm.
  • Indeterminate gender.  If you're Pat, Lynn, or Lee, don't keep them guessing.  Use Mr. or Ms. as a prefix to avoid confusion.
  • Lying.  First, you don't lie because it's wrong.  Second, you don't lie because if you get caught, you won't get the job.
  • Omitting your job objective.  State clearly what you're looking for.  Ambiguity indicates you lack direction and focus.
  • Listing your job objective.  Note that this contradicts the previous point.  Some headhunters think a job objective limits the candidate.  If the exact position isn't available within the organization, the candidate automatically eliminates himself from a job.  Do your homework in advance to be sure your objective coincides with an open position before including it in the resume.  If there are several positions that interest you, do not include your objective.
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