Tips for a Successful Resume

Your resume is your first impression.

Resume Fundamentals

  • Your resume should be between 1 and 2 pages in length
  • Make sure your contact information is listed correctly
  • List jobs in a reverse chronological order, putting your current job first
  • Include up to 10 years of work history (or more if relevant)
  • Use a bulleted format for easy reading
  • Use correct verb tense. (Present tense for current job, past tense for others)
  • Double and triple check your resume for spelling and grammatical errors

Update your resume twice a year. That way, when your dream job becomes available, you're ready to apply for it.

Margaret, Operations Recruiter

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What Your Resume Needs To Do

 Tell a recruiter who you are and how they can contact you

 Show that you have the right education and credentials

 Indicate what you can do and how you can add value

 Showcase your additional skills

 Speak to your community involvement

 Quantify your successes to help strengthen your candidacy

Before submitting to a job, be sure to review the core competencies on the job profile to ensure your qualifications are a strong match. Tailoring your resume to highlight those competencies will help you stand out from the crowd.

Kelley, Asset Management Group Recruiter

Whether crafting your resume, writing a cover letter or sitting in an interview, remember to share examples of how you used your skills to meet challenges and achieve success.

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