Resume Writing Tips


Employers have a limited amount of time to read resumes

Research has shown that hiring managers tend to only spend 6 seconds on each resume. If your resume is tough to read, with too much information, the employer is more likely to move on to the next.

Keep it simple and easy to read. More is not always better.

Formatting is very important. Clear and concise with a professional font. Bullet points can be precise and appear most pleasing to the eye.

Use full dates, include the months and include numbers for each position

The assumption immediately made when we see only years is that there are gaps in your employment.

Try to include only work experience, achievements, education and skills most relevant to the employer. You can find the most relevant attributes by closely reading the job posting. You should prioritize important information higher on your resume to draw attention to key skills and achievements.

Include numbers.  They catch the readers eye drawing them to metrics that are potentially meaningful and prove value. 

It could be the number of buildings in a portfolio you oversee, the size of a department you manage or the dollar amount of a budget you are responsible for.

Proofread and edit the resume.

You should undergo several rounds of proofreading to ensure there are no spelling or grammar errors. This includes having others review your resume.

See the attached template and use the internet to find samples of resumes for your industry and area of expertise.