Resume Roadmap: 6 Tips to Help You Get to the Interview

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Often times, your resume is the first impression you make on potential employers. In a market where there are often many applicants for a single position, you’re going to have to have a stellar resume to ensure that you stand out. Of course, content is key – work history, education, volunteer experience, etc. – but there are other things you should pay attention to when building your resume to help you reach that coveted “interview pile” destination.

Here are 6 resume tips that will help you take the fastest route to the interview stage:

  1. Start with the basics РThe common sections that should be included on your resume are education, work history (relevant and most recent first,) position specific relevant skills, achievements and volunteer history, and references.
  2. Customize it to fit the position – don’t send the exact same resume for each position that you apply to. Take some time to do your homework, and adjust your resume to highlight the things that are the most relevant to that position or employer, and consider removing the things that don’t apply.
  3. Presentation matters – make sure your resume is pleasing to the eye. Don’t forget that white space is important too. Use a template if necessary. Also, use spell-check and request a second set of eyes to help you edit if necessary. A simple spelling error can cost you!
  4. Get to the point – The best resumes are clear and concise. Use bullet points to outline your skills and experiences in a way that will help your potential employer learn as much about you in a little time as they can. You can use your cover letter to elaborate on some of the points that matter most.
  5. Keep it current – Update your resume as you go. In fact, it’s a great idea to add new skills and accomplishments as you achieve them, even if you’re not currently in the market for a new position. You can edit what doesn’t apply later when you’re ready to take a detour.
  6. Include your references – You have references, so why force your potential employer to make a pit-stop to get them from you, and slow the process? (If you don’t have references, get some.) Help save the additional step, include references on every resume. And, while we’re on the subject, ensure that your references know that they are references! Give them updates as you apply for new jobs.

With these quick and easy considerations, you’re resume is sure to impress. Your next career destination awaits, where will you go?!

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