/ Asked by suhaina
Hi, I want to make my resume perfect. What can be done to "perfect" my resume??
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Friday, June 10, 2016
Not sure there will ever be such a thing as a PERFECT resume, but I can help you get a pretty darn good one.  The best piece of advice I can give is to tailor your resume to the specific job to which you are applying.  A general resume is fine to have in a networking situation, but whenever possible make your resume reflect the role you are after.  Really dig into the job description, and highlight the key qualities that you are able to on your resume.  Use similar words ("b2b sales", "quota", "implementation", "business partner").  Then, understand that a recruiter is not going to spend much time initially reviewing your resume.  Make it simple to navigate and make your highlights "jump" off the page for a recruiter.  Add your LinkedIn profile information as a place to elaborate even more on your experiences and interests.  I hope this helps - good luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Hello!

It is great that you are looking to create the perfect resume. I wanted to put a disclaimer that you may never achieve the perfect resume. However, that does not mean you cannot create a standout resume, you should consider your resume a working document! Crafting a unique resume is all about distinctively addressing your work experience, expressing your strongest qualifications and positioning yourself as a dynamic professional.

A great way to “perfect” your resume is to have friends or mentors with varying levels of experience review your resume. Everyone has different styles and views of what a resume should look like and the content that should be included. Gathering this type of constructive feedback will not only give you different viewpoints on your writing, but will also open your eyes to some changes you could make. Make sure that you are concise yet punctual in descriptions of your work experiences, leadership involvements and your skill sets. You do not have to incorporate every change that is suggested, however I found that using this type of approach was very beneficial as I finalized my resume and applied to jobs.

Have a great summer, best of luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 17, 2016
It is nearly impossible to create a 'perfect' anything, but there are definitely some things you can do to get you closer.  First, remember what the purpose of the resume is - to grab the reviewers attention and interest and make them want to bring you in for an interview to find out more about you.  Therefore, structure of your resume is critical.  The resume must grab the attention of the reader immediately, so the first few sections should be those in which you are the strongest.  If, for example, you do not have much work experience, then push this to the bottom of the resume.  Start off with your career intentions, then get into your leadership skills and education.  Also, there is fine line on a resume in providing too little or too much information.  Again, the point is to give enough about yourself to make them want to find out more, but don't tell the whole story on the resume alone.  It is in the interview which you can really begin to sell yourself and what you bring to the table for an employer.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
It is difficult, if not impossible, to create a "perfect" resume. However, there are several things you can do to continuously improve your resume. First, keep in mind that your resume will always be a work in progress. Think of it as an ongoing project and take the time to review it every few months and make adjustments as necessary. Ask your peers to review it and make edits. Also, if you know your peers well enough, ask them if you can review their resume so you have a comparison. In addition, I would also think of experiences you can add to your resume to make it stronger. Are there certifications relevant to your field you can obtain? Are there trade organizations or local organizations you can join? Are there any leadership or extra-curricular positions you can take on? These will all help better your resume by making you a stronger candidate.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, June 23, 2016
When is comes to the perfect resume keep in mind there is going to be a difference of opinion depending on who you ask. Perceived perfection is in the eye of the beholder. There is not just one style, format or guide for a resume; you want to stand out but for the right reason.
The key to a great resume is to first make sure that your resume contains all the vital information and that the information is presented in a clear concise and professional, format. Also I recommend that you tailor your resume to the job you are applying to. Probably equally important is that you proof read your resume, have at least one other person proof read it as well as utilizing spell check to make sure it has no typos spelling or grammatical errors. These types of errors will put even the near perfect resumes at the bottom of the pile or on the pass list.

Here are some tips for creating your perfect resume:
• Review the description and target qualifications for the position you are applying to and make sure you include and highlight the skills and experience and qualities you bring to that position within your resume.
• Choose a readable font and font size. Times, Calibri, and Ariel for example are good choices, this is not the time to go fancy your resume needs to be easy to read
• Include your Name and best number and email to reach you- keep it simple one or two phone numbers and an email address. Tip: Consider including a link to your LinkedIn profile too if you would like
• Include a simple objective clearly stating your target role or position. Make sure this is applicable and tailored to the position you are applying for. It is confusing to read a resume stating the person is looking for a Sales position for example when the job they applied for was not in Sales.
• Highlight your key accomplishments, achievements and certifications
• For someone with a more technical background outline your technical skills and knowledge with various platforms, languages, systems etc. in an organized list or table. You can include this section either before your work history or after your work history; personally I prefer a skills overview at the top of the resume so I can quickly see what areas the candidate is proficient in.
• Include educational background, all higher level education and at least the highest level of education you have completed. Level of degree, type of degree, Name of School you attended and any honors or awards received. It is your choice to put education before or after work history.
• Experience: Include at least the last 5-10 years of work experience. Use the same format for all work history, including company name, your title, location and dates in the position preferably including Month and Years you were employed.
Use simple bullets to highlight you accomplishments and key skills activities and responsibilities in each of your positions putting more emphasis on your current or recent work vs something further in the past.
• How long is the perfect resume? In my opinion, the perfect resume is no more than 2 pages. If you resume is longer than 2 pages don’t automatically start hitting the delete button, take a moment to review all the information you have included determine if is it relevant to the job you are applying for. Remember your resume is a snapshot of your background, experience and the skills you bring. You don’t have to list out every item in your job description from your last job but rather summarize your duties and responsibilities and more importantly your key accomplishments and achievements. Think of your resume as the trailer to the movie.
• Use action words where you can, developed, created, researched, collaborated, increased etc. make sure your bullets are clear and not redundant.
• Extra stuff? I would leave off any personal items like hobbies or personal details. However if you have room consider including any outside activities like volunteer work, non- profit work other special skills or training.
I hope this helps you on your way to creating a resume that is perfect for you!
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Friday, June 24, 2016
First, if you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university, seek out help and advice from your Career Center...that is what they do! Most Career Centers have workshops for resumes, by appointment critiques, you can email them for help, etc. If not, or if you have gone that route and you would like additional help, here are a few tips:
1. There is no perfect resume, so don’t go crazy trying to make it so. All you can do is accurately and honestly record all of your professional and personal experiences pertinent to the type of position you’re looking for and be able to elaborate on them when asked.
2. A resume should be organized and succinct. Most times you can download a great resume template or simply find one in your word processing program. Keep in mind, you want a recruiter or hiring manager to be able to easily find things like your educational background, professional experience, skills and achievements, etc. Don’t make it hard to find them!
3. Depending on where you’re at in your career, a resume shouldn’t need to be more than 1 page. If you’ve been working for 20+ years and its simply impossible to create a summary of your professional body of work on 1 page, that’s fine, but for everyone else, 1 page please! Include the most relevant or most recent and then work from there. You can always add more via conversation once you’ve “gotten in the door” for a meeting or phone call.
4. Honestly is ALWAYS the best policy. I know this may seem like a no brainer, but leaving your GPA off (if you’re applying as a student), embellishing responsibilities held in a certain position, lying about references, or flat out making things up will come back and bite you. Be proud of what you have accomplished, and as I mentioned, previously, be able to elaborate on them further when in conversation.
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