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Polishing Your Résumé Part II

Is your résumé the best it can be?
Need to start over from scratch?
Use these insightful tips to create a
winning résumé.

(if you missed Part I, you can read it here)

Résumé writing can be intimidating. We wonder,
what do I include, what do I leave out? How do I make
it look nice? In what order do I need to list everything?
Some of the most common concerns I hear from my career
coaching clients are about how to organize their résumé
and what pieces of information to include. Here are some
tips that can help you get started on either creating your
résumé from scratch or updating it for your next job search.

Keep it Concise and Easy to Read:
Enough said. You don’t want to send a potential employer a novel.
You want the hiring manager to be able to scan your résumé with
ease. Keep it short while highlighting why you’re the best person
for the job. The typical recommended length is one page for an
entry-level position, and two pages for a position requiring more

Include a Cover Letter: Always include a cover letter with your résumé, unless the person
doing the hiring specifies not to. This demonstrates your communication
skills, shows you are interested in the job because you’re
taking time to write the letter, and it can highlight those items
you really want them to notice on your résumé. If your writing
skills are not great, I highly recommend working with a professional
résumé writer
for help.

Show Your Personality:
Give the potential employer a sense of who you are as a person
outside of work. What’s unique or different about you? Where
do you spend your time outside of work? Include outside activities
and organizations that you are involved in—it helps you stand
out in the crowd, or in the pile of résumés, in this case.

Emphasize Contributions, Not Duties:
Résumés should always highlight what you contributed or accomplished
at a job, as opposed to duties or responsibilities. This is
another area where people tend to struggle. They want to merely
list their job description. Don’t do this—explain how you contributed
to that organization. Use action verbs and highlight those
accomplishments that are relevant to the position you are applying

Be Proud:
Make sure you feel proud of your résumé. It will show in the
interview. If you’re pleased with it, that will come across. Your
résumé is representative of you—make sure it’s something you’re
proud of.

If you need help with a resume or cover letter, consider a resume/cover letter session.

Here’s to having a career you love!

Hallie Crawford
Resume Help