Format is King
Be sure to use the format that works best with your work experience. Most people use a chronological format, but that may not be the ideal format for you if, for example, you’re a freelancer who has had many assignments over the last several years or so.
Those Important “Key Words”
If a resumé is scanned electronically by an employer the scanner will pick up key words applicable to a job posting resulting in a greater potential for a match. Be sure to include those key words you are wanting to match to. We also recommend a listing of core competencies (under an applicable header) towards the top of the resumé which can double as key words and provide the reader with a quick snap shot of your overall skills.
Too often we see resumés that list out all of the job seeker’s responsibilities under each job. But, what about accomplishments? Your accomplishments say a lot about your contributions in a given work place and provide a potential employer with greater insights into why they should hire you.
What NOT to include
No need to include your hobbies, references or graduation dates (unless you’re a relatively recent grad). Adding these items gives your resumé a “dated” look and feel. It’s assumed that references will be provided if and when needed.
Keep it Concise
Of course you don’t want to leave out critical accomplishments, but be sure to emphasize the last 10 years of your career and keep the other job information very brief – UNLESS you are making a career change whereby the previous years’ experience is more relative. In this case you should also consider a non-chronological format.