The Dos and Donts of Job Resumes

A factual job resume will give your potential employers important information about you and your skills and ability to perform the functions and tasks of the job for which you are applying.

A good job resume will not resort to fluff comments such as "team player" and "quick learner", but will instead document your quality contributions to former employer's business success as well as the significant achievements of your career so far. 

Poor Job Resumes - What NOT To Do

A poor job resume will include some vague objective such as "work in a job that helps me grow" or includes personal information of little importance such as your love for tennis. In fact, these personal comments are not only unnecessary but can work negatively. If, for instance, you suggest that you love skydiving on your job resume a potential employer might wonder about the number of trips to the emergency room you'll be taking. You might, as well, reveal some political, religious or ethnic affiliation that a potential employer would rather not know before making a hiring decision. 
 
A poor job resume obviously exaggerates your skills and accomplishments, using words like expert where experienced would do, or stating proficiency when familiarity is more accurate. A poor job resume will include your phone number at your current place of employment. There is nothing worse than letting a potential employer know that you are not adverse to spending your current work time in the quest for a new job.

What Good Job Resumes Do

A good job resume honestly and accurately indicates that you are a capable problem solver and communicator and that you have achieved and demonstrated project management and time management techniques.

A good job resume is succinct. Unless you seek an upper level management position your job resume should be one page. 

Know What Employers Look For And Give It To Them

There are several things an employer looks for in a job resume.

The first is that the job resume clearly defines the achievements of the job candidate during her or his career. These accomplishments should be detailed on the job resume in such a way that they show the talents the candidate has for solving problems, manage projects, managing time, getting along with other employees and communicating well. 

Well employers love to see a one page job resume they are not adverse to reading beyond if the resume appeals visually, and conveys a unique and interest message of capability that is both organized and focused.
 
Another important feature of a job resume that an employer considers powerful goes beyond the typical list of responsibilities and duties in each past position. Applicants who take the time to focus on their achievements and contributions to the business development and success of their prior employers are of considerably interest to the potential employer.  These job applicants are the ones that the employer will consider for and probably invite to the job interview.

Employers don't have a lot of time to spend in reviewing job resumes. If your message is not clear and succinct and does not capture their attention in the first five to ten seconds chances are that they will go on to the next resume. Having all the information they need at their fingertips in the job resume to make the decision to call you for the interview is critical to landing that interview and thus that job.