I was recently interviewed by Forbes.com regarding how to make your resume stand out from the crowd (the link to the article is below). The truly new thing about resumes is this: you don’t need anything new – just stick to the fundamentals:
1. Make sure your bullets prove your worth to your employer. Did you decrease errors by 25%? Did you increase client satisfaction by 50% … PROVE your worth!
2. Keep your format simple: Name and contact info on the top, followed by perhaps a “Professional Summary” that quantifies your accomplishments. Followed by a chronological list of positions (most recent first), followed by Education, followed by “Skills and Interests”. It’s quality, quality, quality in every single line.
3. Don’t use fancy paper – it’s not necessary. And by all means, don’t have color. I recently saw a resume with red in it … not a good move!
4. Don’t fabricate a thing on your resume … everything on your resume is fair game to an interviewer. Also, everything must be authentic but you can guestimate details from a while back. We all don’t remember the minute details of improvements we made in the past.
5. Keep it to one page if at all possible: If you’ve worked for over 10 or 15 years, you can think about a 2nd page.
So now that you have my top 5 tips for a great resume … here is my article from Forbes.com: http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/01/resume-writing-guide-leadership-careers-employment.html