BASICS OF AN EFFECTIVE RESUME:
- Our clients are looking for resumes that describe significant achievements.
- Don't waste space explaining your job responsibilities. Instead, jump to your achievements quickly. Use bullet points to outline accomplishments and outcomes
- Include sales increases, shrink results, successful promotions, people you recruited/promoted.
- Metrics stand out.
- Be clear and concise: avoid phrases and acronyms that are unique to your company. Don't try to impress people with wordy sentences; use your accomplishments to impress.
- Check all dates and make sure they are in order. Include month and year.
- Demonstrate that your career is going in a positive direction (e.g. show that you went from Store Manager to General Manager to District Manager, to Regional Manager). Account for all time between jobs.
- Sell yourself. Be bold. Be confident. Use active verbs: (increased, reduced, created, executed, and designed).
Quantifiable Accomplishments - Ones Employers Want To See
- Increased sales
- Saved money
- Effective budgeting
- Purchasing accomplishments
- New products/new lines
- Successful advertising campaign
- Increased productivity
- Cut overhead
- List each position held, in reverse chronological order. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth.
- Each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments. Explain any gaps in your history.
- Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills, languages and community involvement.