Your resume is key. Create a winning resume, what to put in, what to leave out:
- Contact information. Include phone, mail and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail greeting is professional in tone. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.
- Career objective. Listing your career objective is optional. If your objective doesn’t match the recruiter’s needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your recruiter find your ideal career match.
- Summary statement. Be brief. Include your title and years of experience. List pertinent skills. Discuss your character traits or work style.
- Example: “Financial Accountant with over 10 years’ experience with two Fortune 500 companies. Technical skills include P&L, budgeting, forecasting and variance reporting. Bilingual in Spanish and English. Self-starter who approaches every project in a detailed, analytical manner.”
- Education. Put your education at the beginning of your resume. You don’t have to state your GPA, but you should state your graduation dates. Since we specialize in placing professional talent, most of our client’s openings require a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree.
- Professional experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments. Be sure to describe your most significant job related accomplishments in measurable terms (% improvements, dollars saved, etc.).
- Other components. Include professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.
- Personal information. Do not include personal information such as marital status or date of birth.
12 Accomplishments Employers Want To See (Include specific measurable examples using % and $ symbols:
- Increased revenues
- Saved money
- Increased efficiencies
- Cut overhead
- Increased sales
- Improved workplace safety
- Purchasing accomplishments
- New products/new lines
- Improved record keeping process
- Increased productivity
- Successful advertising campaign
- Effective budgeting
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