Tell Your Story
Your resume should tell a story about your experience. When you send your resume to a prospective employer it should reflect the value you can provide. Be prepared to summarize and customize your qualifications for each job posting so that the reader will easily be able to see how you could fill the open position.
Limit your resume to include the most recent 10-15 years of experience. Employers are interested in your most recent experience and how that fits with their open position’s requirements.
Everyone Needs an Updated Resume
As a resume writer, I am often contacted by panicked job seekers who need a resume created today for a job that just became available. Don’t wait for the last minute to update your information. Once you have a professional looking resume, it’s easy to add a few relevant facts and submit for the job of your dreams.
Don’t Forget the Cover Letter
One of the most underutilized tools that job seekers have is the cover letter. Use the cover letter to introduce yourself to your future employer and let them know why you would be the ideal candidate for the open position. Remember to use key words from the job posting in both the cover letter and resume.
Double and triple check your resume and cover letter for errors before hitting the send button. It is a best practice to have an unbiased person read the resume and cover letter with an objective eye. Nothing is worse for the recruiter than reading pages full of typos and grammatical errors.