Resume revised

Simple ideas can pump new life into job search

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2005

Creating an interesting resume is sometimes easier said than done. Debra Pierce, director of career services for Miami International University of Art and Design, has these five tips for improving your resume.

1. Facts and figures. Speak the company's language and include figures and percentages whenever possible.

"If you are in retail and you were an outstanding sales representative, tell the employer how well you did by saying you consistently achieved 110 percent of monthly sales goals," suggests Pierce.

2. What's your goal? It's important to think about your career goals and how they relate to the job requirements. Create a resume that combines them both.

3. Spell check. It sounds simple, but spelling and grammatical errors are one reason many employers will pass you by. Additionally, if you are e-mailing your resume, be sure it is in a format conducive to that.

4. Too much info. "Maximum of 10 years of past experience is preferred - you don't want to date yourself," she adds. "Multiple jobs suggest instability, so limit them to three positions. List significant awards, promotions and extracurricular activities that are relevant to the position."

5. Catch their eye. Pierce says that you have about 30 seconds to make your resume stand out to a potential employer, so it's wise to incorporate key elements of the job description into your resume.

"When an employer reads that you have done exactly what they have listed, you become more attractive," explains Pierce.

- Lisa Radke

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