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How To Improve Your Resume

September 4th, 2018

Your resume is your marketing tool to make a good first impression on the hiring manager. Your CV should highlight your work experience and skills in a consistent, clear format. A well-written resume is the most important step to landing a job interview, and ultimately a job offer.

TPI Staffing Resume Writing Tips Staffing Agency Recruiter, How to create an effective resume, format, work history, references, education tips

Our Recruiters critique resumes on a daily basis, so we want to share our top resume writing tips with job seekers.

A well-written resume is the most important step to landing a job interview, and ultimately a job offer.  Is your resume showing your qualifications in the best way possible? 

 

Contact Information

Your full name and contact information should be centered at the top. Use a professional email address for all business-related job inquiries or job applications. List your best contact method, usually your cell phone number and include your personal email address where you can be reached best at.

 

Your First and Last Name

Home Address

Phone Number |  Email Address

 

Objective Statement

Unless you have a strong message you are wasting valuable resume space in the most powerful location of your resume. Depending on what stage your career is in (entry-level or professional candidate) will determine how you'll start this section. 

 

Avoid Generic Objective Statements:

"To obtain a full-time position..."

"To secure a  job with an established organization who encourages growth and the ability for career advancement."

 

Skills Summary

A Recruiter may only spend 10-15 seconds glancing over your resume, so get right to your skills and experience. Instead, you'll want to differentiate yourself from other applicants by using keywords which describe your unique work experience and skills.

 

Use strong keywords in your skills summary section and be sure to list:

  • Specific software you've used
  • Languages you speak
  • Certifications you've received
  • Technical skills

 

TPI Staffing Resume Tip Avoid Overused Buzzwords

 

Resume Terms to Avoid:

  • "Teamwork" or "Team Player"
  • "Go-getter"
  • "Hard worker"
  • "Detail-oriented"
  • "Results-driven"

 

The Best Resume Terms:

  • "Achieved"
  • "Negotiated"
  • "Increased/Decreased"

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Education

Education is an important piece of information to include on your resume. 

What to include?

  1. The name of the school
  2. The school's location
  3. The type of degree you receieved
  4. Date earned (optional)
  • GPA is optional. Only include your GPA if  it's higher than a 3.0 and if it's been less than 3 years since you've graduated.

TPI Staffing Resume Tip List Highest Level of Education First

 

College Degree Example:

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

 

High School Diploma Example:

Education

Cy-Fair High School, Cypress, TX

Graduated in 2017

 

High School GED Example:

GED High School Equivalency Diploma

HC Adult Learning Center, Cypress, TX 2010

 

Work Experience

Showcase your potential by learning how to list your work experience in your resume the right way. The experience section on your resume is very important to show a potential employer your career path. 

For job seekers, you'll want to start by listing your current job or most recent first- this is called reverse chronological order. Generally, you'll want to go back 10-15 years in your work history or consider relevant experience. If you are an entry-level candidate or student with no prior work experience, you'll want to include any internships or part-time positions.

Hiring managers want to know where you've worked, what you've done, and what you accomplished personally as well as for the company which you worked.

It's extremely important to ensure your dates of employment are correct, as most employers will conduct employment verification to confirm your work history with previous employers. Focus on work history, duties and responsibilities in concise statements using strong verbs. This section is vital to capturing the hiring manager's attention, so limit to 3-5 bullet points for each position. 

 

This is how you should list your work experience on your resume:

1. Start with your most recent or current job.

2. Include the Company Name, Location, your Job Title, and dates of employment.

3. List 3-5 bullet points that summarize your responsibilities and achievements

 

Example:

Company Name

Location

Job Title

Dates of Employment (Start Date-End Date/Current)

  • List your responsibilities and achievements

 TPI Staffing Resume Tip List Most Relevant Work Experiences

 

Avoid:

  • Unnecessary or irrelevant work experience

  • Listing too many bullet points 

  • Lengthly or multiple pages of work experience  (Try limiting to just 1 or 2 pages)

 

Work Experience Tips:

  • Job Titles matter
  • Showcase your professional experience clearly to best capture the attention of the hiring manager
  • The more relevant your work experience, the greater the chance of receiving a call back

 

Format

Your CV should highlight your work experience and skills in a consistent, clear format. Chose Times New Roman 12 point font to use throughout your resume.  Double check your grammar, punctuation and formatting before you submit your job application. Your attention to detail may make or break landing an interview. 

 

Layout

The goal of your resume is to grab the attention of the hiring manager...in a good way. Your resume should highlight your work experience and skills in a consistent, clear layout. 

 

Interested in learning more resume writing tips to improve your resume? Watch our Resume Writing Tips video below.