Resume Tips

Items To Consider In Resume Preparation

The Purpose Of Your Resume Is...
... to convince the hiring official that your skills will be of value to the company. Tailor your resume for each company that you apply to. Write your resume with their perspective in mind. In other words, why should they hire you? What innovations or improvements have you achieved during your current or former employment that will benefit a future employer? It is critical to briefly and clearly outline specific ways you have made a positive impact in such areas as process or safety improvements, production increases, cost savings, new product development, etc. Give them a good reason to hire you!!

Suggested Resume Format

Your Home Address
City, State Zip
Telephone numbers (Work telephone optional)
Email address

Brief statement of general career goals and directions (with emphasis on short-term goals). Do not list specific titles as this will limit your options. If possible, tailor your objective for each company that you want to work for.

School attended; location. List degrees if applicable. Date of graduation. 
GPA (only if you have graduated within the last five years, and your GPA was above a 3.4)
List off-campus educational courses you’ve completed (i.e. safety training, lean manufacturing, etc.)
If you are a military veteran, list dates of service, branch of service, courses and training, and separation rank status.

Professional Experience:
Your Job Title
(Most recent company first) Company Name - Company Location, Years of Service (i.e. 2011 - Present, or 2010 - 2016)
Brief description of company's business. Continue with your personal duties/responsibilities in this position. You may also want to list your accomplishments (i.e., money the company saved through your efforts, new/successful programs you may have implemented, products you have manufactured/supplied, new customers developed, more profitable customers, sales volume increase etc.) If possible, include specific skills related to the job you are applying for.

Your Job Title
Previous Employer Company Name - Company Location, Years of Service
Brief description of company's business and then add your personal duties/responsibilities in this position. You can use bullets, or just type it all into one paragraph. Avoid using the word I. Instead, start a sentence with a simple past tense verb, which usually ends in -ed. (Examples: Led a team, Developed a product, Increased sales by 20%, or Negotiated pricing.)

Your Job Title (with all the other info)

Your Job Title (etc.)

Include your LinkedIn profile link, if you have one. For example, the link to Carl Jansen’s LinkedIn profile is

Available upon request.

(Note: One or two page resumes are most effective!)


Additional Things to Think About:

DON'T GO IT ALONE - The savvy applicant actually shouldn’t just do a resume without having a professional who understands the resume and can go through it with them. You can get some good books, do research on the web, or hire an executive coach to go through it with you. When you have someone to go over it with you, you won't have the accidental errors.

CONVERT YOUR RESUME TO ADOBE ACROBAT READER .PDF FORMAT – This way you can send it as an attachment in an email, or be able to upload it easily onto job search websites. Never send your resume in Microsoft Word format, as it can be changed by anyone you send it to.

DON'T FILL HOLES WITH LIES - If you're missing a credential, build your own professional credibility to getting the credential that you need.

DO YOU FEEL YOU'RE BEING SCREENED OUT BY NOT HAVING A COLLEGE DEGREE? – If you are a student enrolled in one course in your area, that looks like you're moving ahead, so note that on your resume or list appropriate continuing education courses. In an interview, you can explain. For instance, you could say, "No, I don't have a degree, but I have a lot of experience in that field, and I'm currently enrolled in classes to get more experience."

DON'T LIE ABOUT YOUR AGE - If you're an older employee with a long employment history, you might want to describe yourself in a cover letter as very energetic and future-oriented. If you're fresh out of college, and lack formal work history, highlight any related experiences from your college activities.

WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR THE INTERVIEW, DON'T BE CAUGHT UNPREPARED FOR THE PROBING QUESTIONS - There are some great books out there on tough interview questions, or you may also find ideas on the internet.

RESEARCH POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS – Search online to find out enough information about the employer and reflect on how you can specifically contribute to the bottom line of the business in the future.


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