• Tailor the resume to the job you are applying for.
    Make sure your resume illustrates the experience and skills needed for that particular position.
  • Contact information at the top of the resume is very important.
    Who you are and how to reach you is extremely important.  Your home address, email and phone number are all recommended and should be easy to find.
  • The chronological format is preferred by most organizations.  
    Your work experience will be in reverse order starting with your present or most recent position.
  • Main headings should include Professional Experience and Education.
    Additional headings could include Position Objective, Summary of Qualifications or Professional Summary, Awards and Recognition, and Professional Memberships \ Associations.
  • Organize your resume so that it is easy to read.  
    Bold letters to emphasize key headings and positions, white space and a font no smaller than 10 points,  and bullets to identify accomplishments are recommended. 
  • Focus on quantifiable accomplishments for your most recent positions.  
    Under each of your most recent positions you should focus more on key accomplishments than responsibilities whenever possible. Use bulleted short sentences that begin with action or power words like managed, increased, facilitated.  Numbers, dollars, percentages that illustrate growth, savings are always good.  Eliminate the word “I”.  For example:

 

Director of Quality

ABC Hospital, City, State

Month\Year – present

  • Managed a department of 25 staff with a budget of $500,000.
  • Increased patient satisfaction from 95% to 97%.
  • Redesigned and administrated peer review process.

 

  • Use buzzwords that are common to the industry.  
    Use recognizable industry keywords that will jump out at hiring manager and indicate your expertise.