- Tighten your wording. Not only does this make your resume easier to read, but it also shows employers that you are able to convey information in a clear, concise manner. What do I mean by tightening your wording? Look at the difference between the two examples below:
“Proven ability to make Lean manufacturing improvements of microchips utilized in the construction of robots as well as other electronic devices.”
“Improve Lean manufacturing of microchips used to construct robots and other electronic devices.”
The second sentence has 8 fewer words, is easier to understand, and says the exact same thing.
- Bullet each achievement. Breaking up paragraphs emphasizes each new skill and allows employers to scan your application for required competencies. No one likes to plow through huge blocks of text.
- Quantify what you say. Rather than mentioning that you “greatly increased sales,” try for an exact number—for example, you “increased sales by 20 percent.” Sometimes numbers can be difficult to find, but at least give an idea of the size of the company you worked for: does it have $85 million in revenue and 1500 employees or consist of 1 retail store with 8 employees?
- Pay attention to the details. Make sure your formatting, spelling, punctuation, and grammar are correct and consistent. If you start out your resume with the text in Times New Roman, do not suddenly switch to Calibri. If you spell the noun “startup” and the verb “start up,” then “start-up” has no place in your resume. Let the resume rest for a day and then proofread it with a fresh eye.
- Do your research beforehand. Instead of sending out a generic resume and cover letter, tailor your application to the company and the position. This will both strengthen your application and give you a leg up during an interview when you are expected to know at least basic information about the company where you are applying.
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