Resume Writing Tips for Women
Modesty is a virtue. But when it comes to writing a resume women should throw that old adage out the window. It’s time to toot your own horn! When writing a resume, women have a tendency to downplay their own accomplishments which can impede the impact your resume has on hiring managers. This doesn't mean you should exaggerate or embellish them, but it does mean that you should not understate or minimize your work experience either.
Here are some tips from the experts at America’s Job Exchange that you should follow when writing a resume.
1. Before you begin the writing process, start by outlining all the details of your work history. For each position you have held, list the qualifications you have and the accomplishments you have achieved on the work-front. This will form the base summary of your work experience, and help you articulate it in a clear, yet engaging manner.
2. Be bold, tell them what you want. This means communicating objective clearly and effectively. Hiring managers have hundreds of resumes that they receive for each job opening, and in general only spend about 30 seconds reviewing each one. With a clear objective up front - that is specific to the job opening – you have a better chance of standing out. And always tailor the objective to the position.
3. Speaking of content, it is still king (or queen, if you prefer). This means that every resume you submit needs to be tailored to each position. Most resumes are submitted electronically and hiring managers search by keywords. Every job posting mentions these keywords. Mirror them in your resume, if they apply, so that your resume comes up during database searches. It should also be written in a language that the hiring manager understands. Do not use acronyms unless you are 100 percent sure that the person reading your resume understands what you are stating. The best bet - spell everything out as clearly as possible. And if you have worked with well-known companies and brands, make sure they are clearly visible and up-front.
4. In this case, simplicity is best. Sometimes we assume that we need to be elaborate and show our personal style. But in this case, representations of our qualifications are better suited in a simple format. Elaborate formats can be distracting. Visit our online Resume Builder to help you develop a simple, yet professional format.
5. Short and sweet will do the job. Although there is no general consensus of how long a resume should be – for instance, college grads will have a shorter resume than someone who has been in the work force longer; remember that hiring managers only have a few seconds with each resume. We suggest keeping it to no more than two pages maximum – less if you can. Key elements should include your heading with your contact information, overall objective, skills and abilities, work experience, professional associations or memberships, education and references.
6. As with every part of the job search process, always be professional. This means check for grammar and spelling errors before you submit your resume. With electronic transmission, we tend to work at a faster pace and this means errors can occur. Stop, pause and review your resume before you submit. It can mean the difference between landing an interview or not.
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