Are you ready for a new career? Have you recently been laid off and are looking for a job? A professional resume is essential to landing your next job. Here are a few tips from hiring experts and recruiters that will help you improve your resume, and avoid some common mistakes:
1. Do not use a mass-mailing cover letter. Hiring managers can tell when your cover letter does not relate to the job, and it reflects poorly on your resume.
2. Be specific. With each section of your resume, have at least four or five numbers that quantify what you have done. For example, "Increased sales by 40%."
3. Do not display an unprofessional email address. You may think that your email address, "firstname.lastname@example.org," is cute, but hiring managers will not.
4. Do not include letters of recommendation. Hiring managers would rather speak to your references on the phone so they can ask their own questions. Instead of including letters of recommendation, consider adding as the last section of your resume a "References" section, and under it writing "Available upon request."
5. Proof-read your resume and ask other people to look over your resume as well. Spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes, and typos are enough to send your resume straight into the reject pile. Take the time to carefully read and re-read over your resume looking for any errors. Then ask your friends, colleagues, or a professional resume reviewer to look over your resume to make sure that all mistakes are corrected before you send your resume out.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, May 2009