Read the job posting carefully to ascertain what
your prospective employer is looking for. In order
to meet his needs, you must know what he wants.
Once you have figured out what he wants, enquire
about his line of business and his corporate
Learn to read between the lines. Some things are
not always stated, but are implied. It's up to you
to notice them and take them into account.
Remember, your job application has to fit within the
context of the specific job you are applying to and
that of the broader organization.
Resume Tip #2: Use Action Verbs
Start your sentences with an action verb to show
that you are proactive and result-oriented. This
will help you focus on your accomplishments.
An action verb at the beginning of a sentence will
most likely catch your prospective employer's
attention. Remember to alternate the verbs that you
We provide a list of action verbs classified
alphabetically and by skill categories.
Resume Tip #3: Write Clear and Concise Sentences
Keep your sentences short and to the point. Convey
only one proposition (idea) per sentence.
If possible, use bullets. Resumes are skimmed
through quickly. Bullets make it easier for someone
to scan through your resume and absorb the
Resume Tip #4: Restrict Your Use of Articles to a
In order to save valuable space on your resume and
put as much focus on your accomplishments, avoid
using articles such as "the", "an", or "a". This is
meant to screen out useless words in order to draw
attention to the remaining ones.
Resume Tip #5: Never Use "I" or Other Pronouns to
Keep your resume to the third person (meaning that
you should not be the narrator). This will make your
resume look more professional and will give more
credence to your accomplishments.
Resume Tip #6: Use Professional Language
Use professional language in your resume. You want
to convey the impression that you are presentable,
reliable, and professional.
Resume Tip #7: Use Industry-Specific Terminology
If you have a specialization, use terminology
specific to your area of expertise. This will show
that you know your "stuff".
Resume Tip #8: Tailor Your Qualifications to the Job
Determine your job objective and customize your
resume to achieve that objective. This will help you
tailor your resume for the specific job.
Don't forget that for most jobs, there are many
applicants. You want to stand out. How do you stand
out? By being different. How can you be different?
By being specific.
Resume Tip #9: Prioritize the Content of Your
Some of your past work experiences or
accomplishments are more relevant to the job than
others. Prioritize the more relevant information.
Put what is more relevant higher on the page or
first in an enumeration.
Resume Tip #10: Use Statements That Demonstrate
That You Can Resolve Problems Effectively
In order to sell to your employer the benefits of
your skills, you need to show concrete examples of
what you did in your previous functions. Simply
showing what you did is not enough however. You also
need to show what you "contributed".
Resume Tip #11: Screen Out Unnecessary or
Don't include in your resume personal information
such as your age, marital status, or social security
number. Focus on your skills and what you can bring
to the job.
Resume Tip #12: Be Positive
Avoid being negative in your resume. Omit the
negative information or filter it out by rephrasing
a negative experience into a positive one using PAR
Resume Tip #13: Be as Specific as Possible
Be as specific as possible regarding your
accomplishments. Quantify your experience where
possible. Cite numerical figures. The more concrete
details you provide, the more credible you become.
Remember, what is vague is often suspicious.
Resume Tip #14: Proofread Your Resume Many Times
When proofreading your resume, pay attention to
details. Get into the habit of reading through your
resume slowing. Don't skim through it. Avoid
punctuation, vocabulary (typos), or grammar
Once the first draft of your resume is done, let it
rest. Come back on it a few days later.
Resume Tip #15: Have a Trusted Friend or Family
Member Proofread Your Resume
Have someone else you trust take a look at your
resume. Be open to his or her comments. What may
look clear or obvious to you may not be so for a
third party. Your prospective employer knows nothing
about you except for what is written in your resume
and cover letter.
You want to make sure that you are as clear as
possible. The best way is to "test" your resume on
someone else first before you present it to your