Make Your Resume Sparkle

Your resume is you primary marketing piece.  In most cases, it’s your main opportunity  to entice a potential employer to find out more about you.  Since it needs to be concise, preferably on one page, you don’t have a lot of space to convey why someone should consider hiring you.

Use action verbs to describe your accomplishments, skills and job responsbilities. Some examples are “produce, create, develop, conduct, design, construct, present, organized, etc.  In other words, “you developed a program”, or “you organized the workflow”. If you can express your accomplishments in terms of dollar savings or an increase in profits, that’s in even better.  Employers are looking for people who can contribute to the “bottom line”.  “Designed a system that saved $500,000 per year in utilities costs” should catch the eye of a employer looking for somone who is creative.

Don’t be in a hurry to get any old resume out the door. Work on it, put it aside and revisit it a day or two later.  Let a person whose opinion you value critique it for you.  A fresh pair of eyes can be more objective.  Lastly, make sure you have eliminated spelling and grammatical errors.  Such errors may drop you from the competition immediately.

So, make your resume sparkle!

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About suzanne kaller

Business Librarian at Arapahoe Library District in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Engaged in business outreach and general reference serv

Posted on April 21, 2010, in Jobs and Careers and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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