Resume Advice

Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search.
It should include the following information:

Contact Information
Include all phone numbers including home, cell, office, mail and email contact information.  
In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional.  A message that is too casual
can create a negative impression.

Career Objective
You may choose to list or not list your career objective.  If your objective doesn't match the employer's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity.  It's usually recommended NOT to use an Objective on your resume.

Professional Summary
Your summary should 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."

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.

Other Components
Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.

12 Accomplishments Employers Want To See

    • 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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