- Be clear and concise
Depending upon your experience, a resume is usually between 1-2 pages in length. Executive and academic resumes are generally longer. The resume should be very specific in terms of outlining your past jobs, when you held those positions and your specific job responsibilities.
- Clearly outline your skills and accomplishments
It is equally important to highlight your specific skills and unique accomplishments. Emphasize accomplishments that were above and beyond the specific duties of your job. Include awards or special recognition you received or results that were achieved from your personal efforts.
- Use action verbs
Action verbs such as delivered, provided, greeted, evaluated, developed, supported, coordinated, created, oversaw, collaborated, directed, administered, supervised, planned and organized convey ownership and responsibility. Link for lists of action verbs – alphabetically or by skill category (http://www.quintcareers.com/action_verbs.html)
- Use keywords
Keywords are nouns and short phrases that are typically used to describe the qualifications, education, years of experience, software experience, licensure, affiliations, and certifications in specific job positions. Interviewers and recruiters frequently scan resumes to find the ones that have the keywords that indicate a fit for the position they are trying to fill. To discover the most common keywords used in a particular job use informational interviews, professional associations, publications, and job descriptions.
- Eliminate personal pronouns
Do not use the words I, we, our, my or me. Write your resume in the third person voice, as if the resume was being written about you by someone else.
- Use bullet points
Use bullet points for brevity on your accomplishment statements and allow for more white space on the resume. Bullet points are easier for recruiters and hiring managers to scan quickly for your background and qualifications.
- Go back in your work history as far as is relevant to your job
Don't feel you have to include every job you have worked in. Make sure your job history reflects an accurate chronology and go back as far as you need to include relevant work experience.