Resume Writing Tips
Tips and Suggestions for Writing a Resume
Joyce Lain Kennedy is the author of Tribune Media
Service's Careers column and a renowned career expert. Her book,
Resumes for Dummies , contains everything you need to know
to create a perfect resume - simply and easily. There is also a
wealth of advice on how to market your resume and how to conduct
a successful job search.
Here are just a few of Joyce's resume
writing tips and suggestions:
The Big News!
Handsome resumes are back. Thanks to new technology which
retains the original document, formatted resumes with
embellishments like boldface, italics, fancy fonts and bullets
are back in style.
It's important to note that the use of online
screening before your resume is rated is growing. Applicants are
flooding mail boxes whether or not their resume bears any
resemblance to the job's requirements, so, companies are
increasingly using automated systems to screen resumes prior to
sending them to recruiter and hiring managers.
It's helpful to take a few tests on company career
portals where you don't want to work to gain experience taking tests
and increasing your comfort level.
Choose your resume format wisely. Use a format
that highlights your strengths and hides your shortcomings. The
book has a wide selection of templates to choose from to develop
your own resume.
Write it until it's right. Think, write, think
some more, rewrite, proofread, get feedback and rewrite.
Market your resume by targeting a job market,
making a list of job leads, creating mix and match resumes and
cover letters and determining your online resume strategy.
Send your resume so it arrives on Tuesday,
Wednesday or Thursday. Monday's are busy and Friday's are
Post on specialty web sites. These sites will
have more focused job listings. Use our directory to find sites:
Jobs by Career Field
Resumes for Dummies is a must read for every