Strengthen Your Resume

Not sure what your resume should say? Let Global Careers guide you through the resume-creation process.

1) Get Organized!
  • Think before writing. Be sure to have an idea of what picture you want to convey, and how you will best guide the employer down that path.
  • Make an outline. Get thoughts down on paper under clear, easily understood categories. This will bring attention to your applicable skills and aspects of your experience you wish to highlight. Remember, an employer won't contact you if he cannot figure out why you are good for the position.
  • Be all inclusive. Even the smaller skills could be the diference between a rejection and an interview.
2) Honesty is the Best Policy.
  • Be accurate. A good employer will always do a background check, and even a slight fib can prevent you from being hired.
  • If you are hired because you successfully "sold" a lie, it may very well come back to haunt you. Not only may it mean the end of your current position, but it also will hurt your reputation within the industry and make finding the next job more difficult.
3) Be Brief!
  • Excessive wordage will bore the reader. And that's not good.
  • Highlight, highlight, highlight. You'll have opportunity to delve into details on an interview -- for a resume, a summary will suffice.
  • A rule of thumb: If you are over three pages, it's too long!
4) Keep it Simple.
  • Unless you are applying for art-related jobs, avoid creative font usage and superfluous graphics. Black and white text on resume paper is fine -- there is usually no need for a lot of color.
  • Creativity is OK, but keep your intended audience in mind and don't go overboard. An all lower-case resume is not going to go over well at a large law firm, and no one wants to deal with scented paper.
  • Use accepted formats when emailing. Many places specify the file format (pasted into the body of an email, as a Microsoft Word .doc, or in Rich Text Format), but .rtf is usually a safe bet. Be advised, however, that many formats will destory some design features; be sure to view the resume in the style being sent before sending it off.
5) Tailor Resumes Toward Individual Employers.
  • When possible, revise your resume so that it matches the requirements of the job for which you are applying. Ask yourself, "What do they want to most hear about me?" and answer it.
  • Rearrange your responsibilities/accomplishments within each job listed, moving the most relevant items to the top of each list.
  • Include a statement in your cover letter highlighting what makes you particularly suited for the job in question.
Frequently Asked Resume Questions

Q: Should I state my career objective(s) at the beginning of my resume?
A: It's not required anymore and most recruiters read right past it. You should address your career objective in the context of your cover letter, not on the resume. If you are an experienced professional, it may make sense to include a summary statement of your professional traits/accomplishments at the top of your CV. But if you do, keep it precise and meaningful!

Q: I have five years of experience and my resume does not fit neatly onto one page. What should I do?
A: The "one-page resume" rule is not as strictly enforced as it used to be. In the post-dot-com era, many people with five (or less) years of experience have already had three jobs with varying responsibilities in each. The bottom line: Keeping tip #3 above in mind, don't limit yourself to one page if you need more room. Most recruiters and employers would rather read a well-organized, legible resume on two pages than a cluttered resume in microscopic font type on one page.

Q: Sometimes employers us the terms "CV" and "resume" interchangeably. What is a "CV" anyway?
A: CV is an abbreviation of the Latin term curriculum vitae. Literally translated, curriculum vitae means "course of life," or, more simply, it is one's "life story." Many executive recruiters use the term when referring to a detailed style of resume commonly used by candidates for senior executive positions (e.g., CEO, COO). In modern parlance, however, it is used more and more to refer to resumes of professionals at all levels.

Professional Resume Preparation

For the job seeker interested in going the extra mile, Global Careers offers a fee-based resume and cover letter enhancement service.

While not inexpensive -- fees generally start at about $150 -- this service can be very useful to individuals at any level of experience. Whether you are a seasoned executive who has not prepared a resume for some time, a new graduate just starting out, or a well-traveled professional looking to put a positive spin on your diverse experience, Global Careers' team of highly-qualified resume consultants can help you clearly communicate who you are and where you wish to go with your career.

Click here to contact a Global Careers counselor. Begin the consultation process today!

What you get:
  • Expert advice on the structure and content of your resume
  • A professionally-prepared resume and a personalized cover letter
  • 20 hard copies of your resume and cover letter on heavy-weight paper
  • A floppy disk containing copies of your resume and cover letter

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