6 Vital Tips For A Superior Resume
By: Rita Fisher
1, Keep It Short
Considering that initially HR personnel only spend approximately 10-20
seconds on a resume, the shorter your resume, the most desirable it is. Aim
for one page.
Of course, it is sometimes impossible to create such a short resume. You
might have to include a second page because you have way too much
information regarding your work experience, accomplishments, etc. In this
case, make sure that you list the most relevant information within the
upper half of the first page because that is the section that gets looked
at first. This way, these important insights will surely be noticed.
2, Spelling, Spelling, Spelling
It is not enough to run the word processor's spell checker on your
document. Proofread your resume at least 3 times, once backward (sometimes
that is how you notice mistakes.)
Remember, a sloppy presentation is almost a guarantee that your resume will
end up in the circular file even if you have all the qualifications in the
3, Start Your Resume With A "Power Statement"
Many resume writers suggest starting a resume with an objective. I object
to that (no pun intended). Objectives are useless because they are
Here is a typical objective: "Challenging position in social services."
My suggestion is that you start your resume with a power statement such as:
"Experienced Social Worker with 10 years of proven client counseling and
support background along with enthusiasm for working with children and
Whereas the objective tells the employer only what you want to do, the
power statement goes further in highlighting not only the job you are
seeking but also your major achievements. The power statement showcases
what you can do for the company.
4, Use Action Verbs
Begin your sentences with action verbs for added punch and to express a
sense of accomplishment.
For a FREE list of action verb, please e-mail Rita Fisher at
RitaFisher33@comcast.net with "Action Verbs" in the subject line.
5, Use Specifics
Use specifics such as numbers, percentages, figures and facts.
Example: "Exceeded sales quotas by 50% for 4 consecutive years."
Numbers stand out and communicate clearly and openly about not only the
results you produced by also about what you can do for the company (can't
repeat that enough.)
6, Answer The "What's In It For Me?" Question
What every employer wants to know when reading your resume is what's in it
Employers are looking for people who will solve their problems. You have to
present your case accordingly.
By answering these questions and including the answers in your resume:
What kind of problems did you solve on the job?
How did the company benefit from your performance?
How did you do the job differently and better than the person before you did?
Did you introduce a new program or system?
If yes, what were the results of it? (Be specific regarding the results.)
What were you most proud of in your job?
What would your supervisor and your co-workers say they would miss most
about you when you leave?
How did you make a difference in your job?
How did you affect the company's bottom line?
Did you save money for the company? How much?
Did you earn money for the company? How much?
Good luck to you! Go get them!
© 2000-2006 by Rita Fisher, CPRW http://www.ResumeWritingForPros.com
Rita Fisher, Owner of http://www.ResumeWritingForPros.com is an
award-winning Certified Professional Resume Writer. Her work with job
seekers has been mentioned in a book on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She
develops powerful resumes and offers a 100% money-back guarantee on all
resume services. For a free Job Hunt eBook, visit the site above or contact
Rita at RitaFisher33@comcast.net.