Back to School: Resumes 101

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Resumes are a reflection of you, your work and your accomplishments. When was the last time you updated yours? Does it display how you want others to perceive you, or is it unorganized and boring?

There is always room for improvement and many ways to stand out on a resume. Today we are going to review everything from grammar basics to the ideal design of a resume.

Stand out during your next interview by reviewing and applying our best tips on resume-building!

How does your resume look?

Using resume templates or copying someone else’s format is not always a great route to take when designing your resume.

This article explains a few design basics as well as the importance of including action verbs, job description keywords and quantified results on your resume.

Check out our full article on Designing One Epic Resume: What You Need to Know.

 

Are you updating your resume often?

Adding projects as you complete them can help make your resume less like a laundry list and more like detailed story of your accomplishments.

This article explains the many benefits of updating your resume consistently. An updated resume can be utilized while networking and can be a competitive edge while applying for a promotion.

Updating your resume at least twice a year makes it more accurate and lively, rather than a dull list of responsibilities.

Check out our full article on How to Revamp Your Resume – and Why You Should, here.

 

Did you triple check your grammar?

Affect, effect, too, to, two – these words are basic, but you may be surprised at how often they get overlooked.

This article explains the importance of correcting spelling errors, subject-verb agreement and overall punctuation and time consistency.

Check out our full article on Avoiding the Resume Shredder with these Grammatical Insights.  

 

Is your resume results-driven?

One of the easiest ways to make your resume stand out is quantifying the results of your projects.

Whether you increased readership or drew a high number of people to an event, adding numbers to your resume is far more interesting to read than descriptions of responsibilities.

Even though this article is tailored to the IT field, anyone can benefit from these tips on customizing your resume and describing your results as specific as possible.

Check out our full article on How to Showcase your IT Skills on Your Resume.

 

Resumes should consistently be updated, even if you are happy at your current job. Documenting your current projects or even just spell checking it occasionally will make your resume reflect who you are more accurately.

 

Did you find this helpful? What are your best tips on resume-building? We’d love to hear from you on Facebook or Twitter.

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