Resume Tips

We don’t write resumes at WoodlynPartners but we read them every day. We are often asked for our feedback and suggestions. Here are a few points you may want to keep in mind as you review or begin to write your resume.

  1. Unless you are a year or two out of college, your resume could be 2 to 3 pages. The further back in your experience the less detail will help keep your resume to a couple of pages.
  2. A summary of your experience or area of expertise at the top of the resume has more impact than an objective.
  3. If you don’t get the reader’s attention on the first page they may not go any further.
  4. A bullet format tends to be easier to read. Each bullet should start with an action, ownership or statement of success. Words like “Created”, “Developed”, “Managed”, “Lead”, “Executed”, “Wrote”, “Launched”, “Owned”, “Achieved”, etc…
  5. Does your resume read like a job description or a record of achievement? Hiring managers are looking for solid quantifiable results.
  6. Establish your domain experience in a line of business statement under each company. If there is vertical focus to the company’s solution (financial service, healthcare, transportation, communications), it can also be highlighted in this area.
  7. If you are in a field where certain tools or methodologies are commonly used, state your experience with them.
  8. Acronyms and terminologies are constantly changing in our industry. Make sure you stay current when describing your experience.
  9. The resume can be a roadmap for the interview. Is your resume heading you and the interviewer in the right direction?
  10. Don’t fill up your resume space with personal characteristics. State your core responsibilities and your accomplishments. It will be more powerful to demonstrate or give examples that speak to those characteristics in the interview.
  11. Spell check…Spell check…Spell check.
  12. Make sure your LinkedIn profile matches your resume.