118 Resume TipsThere are a wealth of tips and best practices that professionals can employ to raise the value of their resume. 

Yet no two job seekers are exactly alike; therefore what works for one person’s resume may not work for another.  Truly, the best resume tip of all is that there is No One Way to Write a Resume!   

The following 118 bite-sized tips are designed for quick reference and easy application.

Lots of links are included to additional resources and posts to help you further explore ideas and apply what works best…for YOU!

118 Resume Tips for 2018:

  1. Pick out a job target before you start
  2. Exploring multiple job paths? Create a unique resume for each
  3. Changing careers? Be ready to highlight transferable skills
  4. Research target role requirements and job functions carefully
  5. Identify top job skills to translate into your file
  6. Tailor resume content for each job target
  7. Customize content for every job – general resumes don’t work
  8. Align your skills with the posting requirements
  9. Highlight job requirements from the job posting
  10. Present immediate value
  11. Clearly demonstrate why you are the candidate of choice
  12. Use the targeted job title as your resume header
  13. Use a resume format that works best for you
  14. Avoid templates; these don’t account for strategy
  15. Add contact information so employers can connect with you
  16. Include a link to your LinkedIn profile
  17. Showcase social media addresses, your website, or personal blog
  18. Create a human-friendly format for in-person or networking purposes
  19. Keep your resume format industry-appropriate
  20. Consider how ATS (applicant tracking system) will read your resume
  21. Research how ATS works
  22. Develop a computer-friendly format for ATS
  23. Eliminate certain design components to support ATS compliance
  24. Avoid placing content in the document header or footer (won’t be read by ATS)
  25. Don’t try to ‘game the system’ by overpopulating your file with keywords; it won’t work
  26. ‘Know thyself’ before starting to write your resume
  27. Locate your 10% difference
  28. Employ professional assistance if you aren’t sure of your unique value
  29. Develop a value proposition
  30. Identify your brand and support it throughout the resume
  31. Create a strong tagline or headline
  32. Write for the job you want; not for the job you have
  33. Cut back on tasks-based content
  34. Demonstrate success in every role
  35. Provide examples of how the application of your skills results in positive outcomes
  36. Ensure content is scalable and measurable
  37. Share accomplishment-driven stories
  38. Promote yourself with purpose
  39. Keep content compelling and engaging
  40. De-emphasize unrelated roles
  41. Brainstorm Challenges, Actions, and Results (CAR) and turn them into action points
  42. Consider which resume sections will sell you best and showcase them
  43. Create a Skills or Core Competencies section
  44. Feature top results in a Qualifications or Achievements section
  45. Do you have related volunteer work? Add this section
  46. Targeting a technical role? Consider a Technical Skills section
  47. Try a unique section header like “Career Evolution” or “Leadership Impacts”
  48. Minimize focus on unrelated work history
  49. Keep work history or experience to recent 10-15 years
  50. Add Education. Older workers might remove graduation years
  51. Don’t forget to mention professional development (courses, certifications, etc.)
  52. Use strategic content to de-emphasize any employment gaps
  53. Demonstrate results
  54. Sell don’t tell
  55. Highlight top career achievements
  56. Lead with results and front-load points throughout
  57. Laden the resume with metrics
  58. Focus on how you impacted the bottom line
  59. Quantify details by answering: how much, how many, how often
  60. Add oomph with specific $, %, or #
  61. Provide the proof
  62. Share strong career ‘stories’
  63. Emphasize growth, revenue expansion, and cost-savings
  64. Employ strong keywords
  65. Use an active voice with lots of active words
  66. Pepper industry words and phrases throughout
  67. Support keywords with concrete examples
  68. Vary your word selection
  69. Use the job posting to identify which keywords are best
  70. Create a word cloud from the job posting to identify top words
  71. Avoid common resume mistakes
  72. Ensure content doesn’t miss the mark. Customize!
  73. Evade the career obituary…a list of “everything you’ve ever done”
  74. No need to list all career history: 15 years is typically sufficient
  75. Steer clear of dense text or heavy paragraphs
  76. Remove the line “References Available Upon Request”
  77. Keep personal pronouns off the resume
  78. Proofread!
  79. Use proper spelling and grammar
  80. Don’t go on and on and on and on…
  81. Fill every page fully or use less pages
  82. Use a thoughtful Career Summary versus an objective statement
  83. Avoid using the same resume for every application. Customize!
  84. Tune out misinformed resume opinions. Get your tips from qualified sources
  85. Never copy content from someone else’s resume
  86. Don’t cram content onto one page if you need more space
  87. Sharpen resume content by reducing wordiness or fluffy fillers
  88. Remove extra words like of, the, a
  89. Avoid word widows or orphans
  90. Vary your action verbs
  91. Order content from most relevant to least relevant
  92. Leverage the top 1/3 of the resume to sell yourself
  93. Watch the length!
  94. Maximize metrics and wow with results
  95. Remember: sometimes less is more and longer isn’t better
  96. Aim to be informative and descriptive
  97. Be consistent: if you spell out numbers above 10, do it always
  98. Engage modern, well-suited design components
  99. Use a distinct presentation that is suitable for your industry
  100. Consider a graphic resume
  101. Use a chart or try some color
  102. Graph impacts and results
  103. Include appropriate white space; make it easy to read
  104. Bullet key points
  105. Make content pop with boxes, shapes, or Smart Art
  106. Include strong, on-brand testimonials
  107. Try a mix of fonts, but sparingly
  108. Don’t let design get garish or cutesy
  109. Keep font size between 10 to 12
  110. Content is king, but presentation matters too
  111. Think quality over quantity
  112. Remember, less can be more
  113. Overview job duties in a succinct manner; focus more on your achievements
  114. Keep bulleted points to just 2 or 3 lines
  115. Never lie in your resume
  116. Stay away from superlatives like excellent or superior
  117. Be prepared to speak on every resume point
  118. Keep abreast resume trends because this important career tool is always evolving!

Adrienne ResizedAdrienne Tom is an award-winning executive resume writer who partners with global job seekers to help them level up and land faster! Visit www.CareerImpressions.ca to learn more about resume writing and job search strategies for all levels of job seekers.

118 Resume Tips for 2018

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