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Resume Tips

Your resume is your most important calling card in your job search. It should include the following information:

  • Contact information. Include phone, mail and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.
  • Career objective. You may choose to list or not list your career objective. If your objective doesn't match the recruiter's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your recruiter find your ideal career match.
  • Summary statement. Your summary should be brief.
    1. Include your title and years of experience.
    2. List pertinent skills.
    3. Discuss your character traits or work style.

    Example: "Sr. Civil Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in both private and municipal transportation, site development and water resource projects. Strong background in project management, client development/relations, planning, design and construction management."

  • Professional experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.
  • Other components. Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.
  • Personal information. Do not include personal information such as marital status.

12 Accomplishments Employers Want To See

  • Increased revenues
  • Saved money
  • Increased efficiencies
  • Cut overhead
  • Increased sales
  • Improved workplace safety
  • Purchasing accomplishments
  • New products/new lines
  • Improved record keeping process
  • Increased productivity
  • Successful advertising campaign
  • Effective budgeting