writing is a skill in and of itself. Resumes are used by hiring managers
as a screening out tool rather than a screening in tool. Many highly
skilled professionals do not get called in for interviews because their
resumes do not clearly illustrate their qualifications.
as well as permanent employees should remember that a resume creates
a first impression. This can have a tremendous impact later during staffing
decisions and salary negotiations.
are a few suggestions to consider when updating your resume:
complete contact information. This includes as much as possible of
the following: home address, home phone, work phone, and email addresses.
If you are called at work and are uncomfortable speaking freely, use
that work contact to schedule another call at a more convenient time.
Most hiring managers are happy to make these arrangements.
a brief profile of your qualifications, experience and skills. A brief
skill inventory is often helpful. The reader needs to know if your
skills match their installed technology.
your "Professional Experience" and include the following
items in each job description:
of employment (month/year - month/year)
description and environment
role (bullet points make for easy reading)
sure your current job is not written in past tense.
promotions as different positions, but under the same company.
with the most recent positions.
- If you
have experience outside of previous employment, indicate it under
a separate title, "Other Experience". Then describe it as
few fonts. Bold print is a great way to attract attention to job titles
without creating a busy or distracting appearance.
two most recent job descriptions should be longer and more substantive.
experience should be clearly defined.
- If emailing
the resume as an attachment,
be sure to also cut and paste the text into the email message. This
will avoid any delays caused by the recipients inability to open the