I attended a resume-building session at my university the other day, and I wanted to pass on some information to my readers.
First of all, get rid of your 'objective' statement at the top (if you have one). A more popular option for today's employers is to have a 'profile statement', which provides a succinct, one-line statement of who you are. E.g. Detail-oriented biology graduate with a passion for educating children.
Next, rather than diving into your work history, provide a quick summary of the highlights of your resume with a "Summary of qualifications" header. This introduces the most relevant and impressive information about you. The key here is to make impressive statements.....which your work history can then back up.
As you may have heard, employers are beginning to look for "quantifiables" on the work history part of your resume. E.g., if you have reduced theft at your liquor store, find some sort of number with which to quantify that - say, Reduced theft by 85% over the six month work period. If you want, make up some numbers. At least it sounds good!
Remove the references section - apparently employers now assume that you will bring about three references into your interview, so having "References available upon request" is redundant.
Don't list your entire work history, or every activity you've ever done. Keep it short and sweet. Employers don't have time to look through 3 page novels these days. Most importantly, sell yourself - don't be modest!
I, for one, had many of these errors on my resume. Hopefully, with these tips I've learned, I'll be able to get in for at least a few interviews. Good luck!
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