This guest post comes from Bekah over at waitressresume.net.
From time to time it’s good to freshen up your resume, and if you’re looking to rewrite or create a resume, then head on over and check out the tips and advice there before you do.
You have the option of choosing from many different resume layouts and styles, but there is one item that always remains the same- the need for it to be well written. Before you send your resume to a potential employer take a look at these 3 helpful tips.
Make sure that you are emphasizing skills and talents that will apply to the job in which you would are applying for. Have you had extensive experience with computers, customer service or leadership? If so make sure that you not only mention them but give examples throughout your resume. Providing specific examples gives the prospective employer a chance to see deeper into your past work experiences, rather than just a timeline of where and when you have previously worked. It also allows you to elaborate on key areas you definitely want to accentuate such as higher levels of responsibility previously given to you and previous positions of authority or management.
Spelling and Grammar
For almost all prospective employers, poor grammar and punctuation found on a resume signal automatic rejection. It would be a shame to go through the entire process of creating a suitable resume only to be rejected immediately due to a couple of small grammatical errors that could have been caught by simple proofreading. We all know that it happens and that spell-check doesn’t always catch these errors, but this is what makes it critical for you to read through your resume a few times OUT LOUD before submitting it. If your resume contains spelling and grammatical errors the reader will most likely infer that you didn’t take your time and that you may not take your time and pay attention to details if you were offered employment.
No matter how much education you have, make sure that you list it. When you are writing your education make sure to include the dates and major/area of study. Be sure to include any training seminars or workshops that you have attended as well. While not all employers will require any education past a high school diploma or GED, the addition of higher education to your resume will present to the reader that you have sought out additional training to help make yourself more marketable and employable. Highlighting any past training or workshops that you have attended presents you to the prospective employer as someone who is continually seeking opportunities to better themselves, even while currently employed. If your going to school and waiting tables look for help writing a research paper as well.
I want to thank Bekah (waitressresume.net) for this guest post, and also thanks to you for reading.