12 Resume Writing Tips
Your resume is the first opportunity to introduce yourself to a hiring manager. The resume you write is meant to land an interview, not the job. If you take the time to write a successful resume you will have more time in the interview to expand on your experiences to get the job you desire. Brian Dodd, Kforce Recruiting Director, offers a list of 12 helpful tips to help write a better resume.
1. Use a “chronological” resume
Determining what type of resume format to use is situational, but in most cases, a chronological resume works best. Relate your experience from most to recent to least recent, always listing your education last (even if you recently received your Master’s degree).
2. Include bullet points
You have limited time and space on your resume to get your point across as quickly and efficiently as possible! The only true sentence should appear in the beginning as a summary statement; following that, stick to bullet points. A recruiter’s eyes may only spend a few seconds on each line.
3. Do not use pronouns
As long as your name and contact information are clearly written at the top of your resume, a hiring manager knows its yours so it’s important to avoid using pronouns such as “I” or “me”. Instead, list the task or project, for example, “Assisted in the development of an internal database build”.