What are soft and hard skills?
What's an action verb or power verb?
A Critical Part of the Job Search Process
Creating an effective resume will help you land an interview and the job of your dreams.
1. Create your Master
All of your skills, education and experiences with dates in this version. It's your resume "filing cabinet".
2. Identify your skills
What soft and hard skills do you have?
3. Research & Analyze
Research job posts, now analyze it by creating your own system to highlight: Skills, Education and Other.
4. Resume to Fit
Now you can create a one page resume that sells you and matches what the company wants! Don't forget to use action/power verbs for your skills and experiences.
Make sure to tailor your resume for each and every position you apply to.
Do NOT include references on the resume. Make a separate page/document for references and include their name, position, work address, phone, e-mail and years known.
Ever wonder who sees your resume after you click the 'submit application' button? Did you consider that it may not be landing in front of human eyes?
Many organizations now use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), a software application that helps employers with the time-consuming and expensive process of screening and filtering out hundreds of candidates.
This means that you have to make it past the robot eyes in order to progress your application. And with new eyes come new rules.
- Use keywords from the job description in your resume
- Put your contact information at the top of the page (but not in a header)
- Use an executive summary and create a bulleted list of qualifications and skills
- Use web-standard fonts (like Arial, Tahoma or Verdana)
- When formatting work history, start with the employer’s name, followed by your title and the dates you held the title
- Use proper capitalization and punctuation
- Spell check
- Upload the resume rather than cutting and pasting
- Don’t get hung up on fancy formatting. Focus on clearly organized sections.
- Don’t use abbreviations. (Spell out “Manager” instead of “Mgr.”)
- Don’t use tables
- Don’t use graphics or logos
- Don’t use headers or footers
- Don’t submit a PDF. They are unreadable by some software.
Visit Jobscan to scan your resume to see how well your resume is tailored for a particular job and how it can be optimized for an Applicant Tracking System (ATS).
The Career Connections Center Team would love to help you make your resume perfect, so after you’ve created it and want to discuss it contact our office at 724-925-4054 or email email@example.com. For the ATC, contact Diane Metz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-925-4167.