10 Tips For a Winning Resume

As we grow in our faith, God wants us to grow in all aspects of life because we reflect Him everywhere we go. Our career is one area in which we need to find fulfillment. Not only do we spend so much time there, but God equips us with certain talents and abilities that impact the world in a real way. Sure, we get paid a salary for what we know and do, but we also provide needed services all across the globe. Our day-to-day work glorifies God and ministers to others.

So, I want to share a couple of practical articles that will help you on your journey to landing the career you desire.

Since I’m often involved with hiring, I’ve found that certain things like great resumes and excellent interview skills will enable you to stand out from the crowd. These may not always be the key factors for getting the job, but, as a minimum, everyone has to do well with these two.

In this post, I’m sharing 10 tips for creating a winning resume

  • Don’t use a cookie cutter resume for every job application. Tailor your resume to fit the job requirements—education, work skills, leadership skills. Your resume should reflect your strengths and qualities that match you up with the job. You don’t know how many times I’ve looked at the objective on a resume, and it didn’t match up with the position.
  • Be honest, and don’t represent yourself falsely through your resume. Assuming you get to the interview, you don’t want people to discover that your resume over exaggerated your experience or qualities. This will be found out.
  • Keep it brief—no autobiographies. Stick to one or two pages of relevant information.
  • Leave good contact information on the resume. Make it easy for the recruiter to call you and reward you the job.
  • Create a scannable resume. Don’t write lengthy paragraphs or use long, impressive words, and remember to leave plenty of white space.
  • Make sure it looks professional. Is it formatted neatly and consistently? Did you use numbers in one section and bullet points in another? Does something not line up? Did you use the same font all the way through?
  • Maybe you know an english teacher or writer. Have them look it over for spelling and grammar errors.
  • What do recruiters read between the lines? Sometimes we are looking for evidence of your leadership skills or work ethic. So if you served on such and such committee, don’t forget to tell us that you chaired the committee. If you work or lead in a voluntary capacity, that speaks volumes about your character and commitment.
  • If allowed or asked, make sure you list some great references, usually at the tail end of your resume.
  • Keep it updated. As you move along in your career, don’t forget to keep your resume current. You will probably want to scale back the information on earlier experiences and emphasize your most recent ones. Again, you don’t want your resume to become a biography about your life.
  • I hope these tips will be helpful to you, and feel free to pass this on to family, friends or co-workers. If I can help you with any of this, please don’t hesitate to contact me. See the contact link above.

    For discussion, please share any resume tips that you see as important.

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