- Accept the value of custom resumes
- Know position titles and type of vacancy
- Do your homework
Do Your Homework
- Analyze the job description for skills and abilities.
- Do you have at least 60% of what they are asking for?
- Create your list of accomplishments.
- Analyze experiences for relevant skill areas.
- Write in descriptive phrases. Use action verbs.
- Choose an appropriate format (Chronological vs. Skills/Functional)
- Highlight the job title or the place of employment?
- Which duties to list first in a string of bullets?
- Do you note accomplishments? Include numbers, dollars, cost savings, impact?
- How much credit should you take for work performed not on your job description? SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
- This is the top ¼ of your resume which is the first thing recruiters see and read. This section will spark their interest. (The rest of your resume will back this section up.)
- Purpose of this section is to summarize your resume; your relevant key accomplishments, results, actions, and benefits.
- Try to address each requirement of the job opening in this section. Use the language in job opening to describe your skills and accomplishments.
- Focus on your strong selling points, your value, your achievements, your industry, and your career goals.
- Include language proficiencies or security clearances if relevant
- Include education if relevant or recent graduate
- Keep bullets to 1.5 lines max, use only 5-8 bullets
For Technical Resumes
- List Certifications, Platforms, and Tools
- List all that are relevant to your current job search
- Include Technical Skills up front if you are seeking an IT/Technical position, if not include your technical skills at the end under Skills and Abilities
Professional Affiliations & Membership
- Member/Office, Organization, City, State, YYYY-YYYY
- Founder, Organization, City, State, YYYY
- Founding Member and President/Chair, Org Name, City, State, YYYY – YYYY
- Education COLLEGE/INSTITUTION (City, State)
- MOST RECENT DEGREE FIRST
- Awarding Institution (City, State)
- 3.7 GPA Graduation Honor
- DEGREE (BS/BA etc.)-Major Emphasis YYYY
- If you are expecting to graduate, may state:
- “expected in December,2013.”
- Training and Addition Education
- Training completed, sorted by type
- Title of course(s) school/organization/vendor,
- MM/YYYY completed
- Supervisory/Leadership Training
- Basic Supervision, The Graduate School, 2012
- Name Technical Expertise Area
- Course Name, Vendor, YYYY
Special Skills and Abilities
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ACCESS)
- Bilingual and Bi-literate in [Language]
- Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute, YYYY
- CPA, The [Named] State Board of Accountancy, YYYY
- Emergency Medical Technician, [Name of College Attended], YYYY
Honors and Awards
- Name, achievement, by whom, when awarded
- Group types of honors and then list the month/year, for example
- Time Off Awards: 2012
- Cash Awards: 2005-2009, 2011
Community Service and Volunteer Experience
- Title, Organization, City, State
- Board of Directors, Non-Profit Org Named, (Washington, DC), YYYY-YYYY
- Volunteer Divisional Lead, Combined Federal Campaign, USDA (Washington, DC) 2011 to present
- Do not list references, however complete on the USAJobs.gov site
- Naming them may limit who you may use to best validate your experiences
- It may also bias the search committee members, if the contact listed has a reputation that precedes him/her
- Unlimited number of pages. Ensure header with name and contact info., on each page. Number the pages.
- Must be consistent throughout with bolding, punctuation, and phrasing.
- Do not use 1st or 3rd person (I, she/he, Mr./Mrs., Sally/Tim)
- Make sure computer friendly, have 2 versions one MS Word version for interviews, and another plain text version for Internet correspondents
- Use Times New Roman, Arial, or Verdana 10 to 12pt font
- Make sure to “ignore all” on red and green squiggles (after checking) or recruiter will see them, too
- Name resume “First, Last Name Resume.doc” NOT Resume.doc
- Have a personalized cover letter attached to all submissions