Your resume is not just a list of your past jobs and your education. It’s a marketing piece that sells you as the right candidate for the job by highlighting your key relevant skills and accomplishments.
If you’re not sure where to start, review the tips below. Then take your resume to the next level with a professional template and coaching.
- If you have less than ten years of experience, use a one page template. For more than ten years, you can expand to two pages as needed. Do not go over two pages.
- Include the following sections: Contact Information, Professional Profile/Summary, Skills, Experience, Volunteer/Personal, and Education.
- Focus on your accomplishments rather than your responsibilities. Lead with what you achieved and how you achieved it to showcase your transferable skills.
- Avoid graphics and color if applying through online job application forms. Automated Tracking Systems (ATS) can get stuck on graphics, color, or non-traditional headers. If you are in a creative field, consider having two versions of your resume – one ATS friendly and one that is more expressive of your style.