Resume Writing Tips That Set You Apart
A colleague of mine once said to me: "Anyone can write a good resume. What's the big deal?" I answered: "The big deal is that not everyone--including native speakers--can write a great resume."
These resume writing tips include:
- State a specific career objective.
- Include a summary of your qualifications in bullet points.
- Give information that matches the job description.
Here are some more resume writing tips taken from David Nobles' helpful book, A Gallery of Best Resumes.
- For contact information, I would clearly show my phone number, email address, and other key contact information. I would not spell out the name of my province or state at the top of my resume. I would use rather the provincial or state's postal abbreviation. This information is helpful for anyone wanting to contact me by snail mail.For example, I would write Québec (QC), Ontario (ON), British Columbia (BC), and Alberta (AB). Do not put a period after the abbreviation. Noble recommends not using the postal abbreviation when you're showing only the city and state (not a mailing address) or university you attended or business where you worked.
- For telephone numbers, I would use the same format consistently.(514) 209-0585 - I would use this format for my cell number. It suggests that there are different area codes where I work. My home number begins with (450).514.209.0585 - This format, resembling an Internet address, is also popular. For international calls, I would put "1" first.
- In the profile section, I would make myself look interesting and unique. I once worked as a "Senior Writer, Project manager" for several major educational publishers. I would write the following in my resume:
Best-selling educational writer with more than 30 years professional experience. Skilled at coordinating multiple projects in deadline-driven environments.
- I would include a testimonial after stating my "Proven Competencies." I would want to reinforce my writing skills and team-working abilities. For example, I would include the following testimonial for my book, Write Now.:
Really great stuff. Easy to understand, logical and valuable. . .
Mark Yerbury, President, Qualiteam Inc.
- In the "Professional Experience" section, I would describe my "Signature Achievements" as problem-solving successes. For example, when I was project manager on the production of an educational textbook for a major publisher:
Managed successfully a team of four writers spread across different provinces and met the deadline targets.
For many more useful suggestions, check out David Nobles' book, A Gallery of Best Resumes. Noble calls it an "idea book." It includes a gallery of resumes for specific occupations and jobs. These range from accounting and communications to media and sales and marketing.