Quick Tips: Resumes Re-visited

(I originally posted these tips on Twitter. @sweetcareers)

  • Resume phrases should emphasize what you accomplished, but should be relevant to the job to which you are now applying
  • If resume phrase isn’t obviously related to the prospective position, re-phrase it to make relevance obvious OR get delete it
  • Use active verbs to write your resume phrases (i.e. designed, organized, summarized); avoid passive language (i.e. was responsible for designing, have organized, had to summarize)
  • U.S. resumes don’t have to include full employment history, or personal information (marital status, SSN/SIN, etc.)
  • U.S. standard resume = 1 page; Canadian standard resume= 1-2 pages.; international resumes vary – usually 1-3 pages
  • Make sure resume addresses the specific needs of the prospective employer by demonstrating evidence of how you have used relevant skills

(See the original Quick Resume Writing Tips)

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