According to Ric Edelman, author of Financial Security in Troubled Times
, the purpose of a résumé is not
to get a job, it's to get an interview—you
will get the job. A résumé should not list all your skills, but rather tease the employer with your achievements. These are ways to make your résumé stand out.
1. Broaden your work experience.
2. Use strong verbs.
- Describe your job skills in ways that are transferable to other industries.
- Don't limit yourself to a specific type of job by simply listing the daily tasks you performed at your job. Expand on how your job impacted the business industry or company.
3. Target a specific person.
- Don't talk about your capabilities. Talk about your accomplishments.
- Use active tenses rather than passive voice.
- Good words to use are managed, created, led, accomplished and organized.
Address your cover letter and envelope to a specific person. Usually a simple phone call to the company is all you need.
4. Target a specific position.
Identify the position you are interested in and tweak your résumé to match the industry.
5. Make it easy to read.
- When writing your résumé think, "Less is more." Many people make the mistake of putting too much information on their résumés.
- Don't write to the edges of the paper. Leave white space in the margins and in between jobs.
- Use a readable font at a reasonable size.
- One page only.
Take your new résumé everywhere you go. It is your new calling card!