The first thing on your resume should be your name (bold and larger font than the rest) followed by your contact information such as your address, email address, and phone number. Make sure this information is accurate and up to date.
The first section under the heading should be a professional summary. This is a 5-6 line (max) summary of your professional skills, abilities, industries, and key performance characteristics. Highlight hot skills, key competencies, and career direction you are seeking. Do not include an objective statement. The objective statement has been replaced by the professional summary. Think about why should this company hire me?
Choose a Resume Design and Font that is Easy To Read
Try to avoid colored background, fancy fonts, or images throughout your document unless it is directly related to the job you are applying for. You want to grab our attention based on your qualifications.
Write clear and concise sentences describing your skills, education and professional experience. Put the most relevant accomplishments, skills and experiences at the beginning of your resume. Present yourself as someone who is ready to step in and help OnPoint’s bottom line.
Describe Your Strengths & Accomplishments
Sell yourself. Your resume may be the only contact you have with us. Describing your academic and professional accomplishments can be much more effective than just listing your academic courses or job responsibilities. If possible, mention specific project outcomes that will make you stand out. Use numbers and metrics to quantify the value you delivered to the company based on your contributions.
Use Action Verbs and Power Keywords
The use of action verbs, powerful words and industry terminology can assist in effectively communicating your skills, experience and accomplishments.
Review the Job Description
Take the time to review the job description and requirements closely and tailor your resume accordingly. Try to highlight key words listed in the job description in your resume. One resume does not fit all.
Review grammar and spelling in your final document several times. Take time to read your resume out loud and make corrections accordingly. It is also a good idea to preview your final document after you have uploaded it in our system to make sure the document formatted correctly.
Avoid Jargon or Slang
Many employers use in-house jargon to describe roles, responsibilities and processes. Make sure you spell out your experience so that we can get a clear picture of your knowledge and experience.
Avoid Personal Information
Certain information cannot be considered when making hiring decisions. Birth dates, personal photos, hobbies, marital status, personal health and affiliations are usually not important to the job you are applying for; therefore, do not include this information on your resume.
Resumes for recent graduates tend to be about one page. If you have been in the workforce for more than five years, generally the resume will be as much as two pages. A resume that is longer than two pages is generally too long. You need to make sure that the most relevant information and achievements are highlighted in your resume. If you work in IT, a 3rd page is acceptable to list key languages, systems, networking, and programming. Use it as a supplemental page. However, if there is a key hot skill you have, make sure that is listed on the first page.