Does Your Resume
by Stefanie Spikell,
The William Shakespeare of Resume Writing/Career Coaching
Will your resume get you an interview or be
dumped in the “round file”? Your resume must provide enough
information to tweak the interest of the potential employer
Here are some tips for preparing your resume:
One page or Two Page?
Employers are busy people with very little
time to read your resume, but don’t sell yourself short by
condensing your resume too much. If it takes two pages to tell
your full story, use them. But be sure to make every word count.
Use an Objective?
Your resume should tell the story of who you are, not
what you want from the employer – rather, what you have to
offer. You also
want to set your intention for the next job by telling why you
are a good hire for the position.
Yes, but only to the extent that the
details demonstrate your accomplishments.
You can use abbreviated language and make sure you
“tell the story” through your results.
Just telling what your responsibilities are will NOT get
you the interview. You have to convince the hiring manager that
you can get results.
Never. You really should try to personalize
the cover letter for each employer.
Try to talk to the potential employer first so you can
find out what is important to highlight. If you just send your
resume to every company you
can think of, you are wasting your time. And speaking of
wasting your time, don’t make the job boards your ONLY
networking tool. You
are competing against thousands of folks for those jobs, so
it’s best not to rely on them as your only mechanism for
Stefanie Spikell, owner of two
Expert Resumes and
Clear Communications Business Consulting
is a noted business/careers coach, management consultant and
resume writer. In her 20-year career, she has managed marketing
communications departments for major engineering firms, taught
at the university level, published hundreds of business-related
reports and articles, and written thousands of winning resumes.