1. Every resume needs to tell the employer exactly who you are and how to
reach you. The resume needs to have your name, a good mailing address, and one
telephone number that will be answered professionally, even when you are not at
home. So pick a number with voice mail or hook up an answering machine and
record a professional message.
2. Every resume needs to tell the employer: "Here is what I can do for you".
The resume must list your special skills, knowledge, and abilities as well as
your measurable achievements. The employer needs to know what benefits you will
be bringing to the Company and to the position.
3. Every resume needs to tell the employer about your education and training.
Human Resource staff and hiring authorities are always interested in knowing
whether the applicant is smart enough to be trained to do things their way. But
too much education listed on a resume can overwhelm the reader. If you have a
degree you do not need to list all your classes. Being a private pilot or having
a green belt in Kung Fu may impress your friends, but those skills may not be of
real value to an employer.
4. Every resume needs to tell the employer about what you have accomplished.
What you have accomplished in your present and past positions is very important
information that must be conveyed to the employer who will examine these
accomplishments. You should list specific jobs and outline your duties and your
5. Every resume needs to motivate the employer to action! An effective resume
and cover letter will motivate the employer to pick up the telephone and call
you for an interview. You can then further sell yourself and your