RESUME BUILDING

Target your match with NASP

1

White space is important:

Which newspaper articles are you most attracted to when you open the paper, the articles filled with endless cluttered looking text or the open/unused space? This is done to attract the attention of the reader. Yes, skills and, objectives and experience are necessary to include, however, don't make your resume intimidating to look at. Simple and to the point is key!


2

Have a clear and precise objective

A resume objectives statement at the beginning of your resume provides an introduction and purpose for the employer to consider your resume over others. This portion of your resume should highlight your career objectives, goals and what type of job you are seeking. Depending on the position you are looking for or the information being included in your resume you have the choice of including your objective statement on the cover letter of your resume or within the resume itself. As far as the statement itself goes, when you break it down, the format is composed of three parts or components:

  • What you're doing: I am bringing or presenting to you my objectives for your review.
  • What you're presenting them with: my achievements, skills, knowledge - which also appears on the resume itself.
  • Why you're sending them a resume: to discuss joining their company as a member of a group, team or department.


3

Don't be afraid to be your own salesman!

Your resume design should gain attention, but it's really the content and description of experience and your abilities that help generate interviews. Include statistics you have achieved within past positions, big name clients you've brought to the companies or revenue generation you assisted in supplementing for the company. Be proud of what you've accomplished and show it off!

Before VS. After
Created and maintained client accounts Worked directly with the CEO, managing over 1,000 A/R and A/P accounts

4

Always use power words

Proper verbiage pertaining to the job specifically is very important. This shows the employer that you are professional, you've done your homework and you are qualified!

Typical Verbs VS. Power Words
Gave work assignments.
Taught fellow employees.
Directed workflow, apportioned group duties.
Trained and supervised personnel.

5

Sell the benefits of your skills

Along with defining your skills, let the employer know how much they will benefit from having you as part of their company.

Example:
Achieved top production by volume by maintaining a high degree of accuracy with typing speed of 85 wpm By eliminating the need for part time word processing staff, assisted in the cut of labor expenses by 10,000 annually.


6

Create an image to match the salary you want

While writing you resume, keep in mind the level of position you are applying for. Be sure to represent your image at the appropriate level as the job requires. The use of your language, i.e. use of key words and well as power words can set you apart from the $10.00/hr. resumes versus the $18.00/hr. resumes if used properly.

Seeking an entry level position in general sales VS. Seeking a general management position in product sales and development

As you can see, the 2nd statement greatly elevates the applicant's image as well as knowledge of the exact position being applied for.


7

Prioritize the content of your resume

A common mistake job seekers make is listing the important and relevant data in the lower sections of their job descriptions. The jobseeker must highlight the statements that are the most relevant, impressive and important to the employer.

Un-prioritized VS. Prioritized
Maintained filing, record-keeping, office supply purchasing and maintenance scheduling. Managed functions of main office to support the General and Branch Manager. Duties included maintaining filing, record-keeping, maintenance scheduling and office supply purchasing.

8

Twist and target your resume cover letters

Be sure to change your cover letter so the details included pertain to the job you're applying for. You are more likely to generate more interviews when you highlight and address the most specific skills the employer desires.