52 Awesome Resume Tips

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Emphasize your strengths with powerful action words. Don’t be a writing wimp.

Make your words jump from the page with active voice. In other words, stray from “passive” words, such as: is, was, am, do, did, etc…

Tailor your resume to the specific employer to whom you are applying.

Likewise, tailor it to the position you seek.

As part of your tailoring process, find out the industry key words and use them in your text.

Be careful with abbreviations; in fact, you should not use them if at all possible.

It should go without saying that you use perfect grammar in your resume. For a little help on grammar, check out Strunk & White’s Elements of Style.

Aim your resume carefully by tailoring it to your employer.

Make your point even stronger by tailoring to the position for which you are applying.

Provide clear guidance for your reader with clear section headings.

When writing descriptions of jobs and activities, keep them short to minimize reading time.

Be consistent when typing out dates. For instance, always abbreviate in the same way or never abbreviate.

Use the proper names for all companies you have worked for, positions you have held, and schools you attended.