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Three Resume Must-Haves

From the archives of the SixFigureStart newsletter (http://home.ezezine.com/2034_2/):

As a recruiter I have seen thousands of resumes over my career.  For each career level, from student intern to rainmaking partner, there are specific nuances that make winning resumes stick out.  However, at all levels, winning resumes demonstrate three must-have criteria:


No mistakes.  This means no typos, no spelling errors, and no grammatical mistakes.  Watch out for homonyms that won’t get caught by a simple spell-check.  You don’t “meat” clients (hopefully!).  Check proper names for exact spelling (e.g., PowerPoint, not Powerpoint or Power Point).   


Quantitative results.  If you sold business, how much in revenues exactly?  If you cut costs, by how much in dollars or %?  If you managed a team, how many staff or how much budget or both?  Even non-profits or public sector jobs have tangible metrics.  If you solicited grants, how much did you raise?  If you organized a conference, how big was the audience, budget, participant list?  If you were an administrative assistant, how many people did you support, how many calls did you field, how many records did you file? 


Compelling career progression.  The resume should tell your story, and the ideal career story has a successful ending.  Your most recent job should be the peak of your career to date.  Your past jobs should show an upward trajectory, in terms of responsibility and/or expertise.  For those starting out, each successive job should show growth in some area.



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  1. Another resume tip is to look at several resume companies before you decide one. Business Management

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