GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Ted Chalupsky, president and founder of The Right Staff, shares five resume tips to land that job interview.
1. Bullet points make your resume easier to scan. When you use bullet points, bold font for headers and white space, it becomes easier for hiring managers to spot the specific job titles, tasks and accomplishments that qualify you for the job – and to sort you into the "to call" pile rather than the "to toss" pile.
2. Think "accomplishments," not "duties." For each job you list on your resume, list your top two or three accomplishments. Listing accomplishments demonstrates what you can achieve; merely listing your job duties, on the other hand, only demonstrates what your past employer asked you to do.
3. Lead with strong verbs. For each accomplishment you list, lead with a strong verb: "Supervised inventory and financial standards." "Developed inventory storage method that increased warehouse efficiency by 3 percent." "Analyzed market and forecast sales."
4. Get specific. Wherever you can, use specific, concrete numbers and statistics. For instance, if you worked in hotel housekeeping during college, saying "Cleaned three more rooms per shift than any other staff member" is stronger than "Cleaned rooms efficiently."
5. Skip the clutter. Dates on college activities are a waste of space – your reader can guess you were involved in them during college. Similarly, delete the line "References available upon request." Hiring managers know they can ask for your references, and this line wastes space you could use to talk about your achievements.