By Mona Abdel-Halim
This is the final part of a 3-part series. Make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 to understand the context.
Content Tips & Tricks
Now that you are more familiar with a U.S. resume, have an idea of the format you will use and know what to include, these tips and tricks will help ensure you maximize your resume effectiveness and present the reviewer with the best picture of what you have to offer:
- Be clear and concise: Overly flowery adjectives and verbs can leave an employer annoyed or, worse yet, confused. Keep your work experience brief and concise. Use bullet points when possible and use action verbs to describe the nature of your roles with prior employers. Always strive to detail accomplishments, rather than just job responsibilities.
- Short and sweet: Remember, resumes should be short and sweet. American schools and employers get hundreds of applicants. You want your resume to stand out as being concise and to the point, tailoring it for the programs or opportunities you are applying to. Long resumes will usually result in an annoyed resume reviewer. If the reviewer is interested they will call you in for an interview to learn more. They don’t need your entire life and family history on your resume.
- Revise, proofread, repeat: You won’t get another chance to make a first impression. Be sure your resume is free from spelling and grammatical errors. Ask a friend or professional to review your resume before you press the submit button.
- Know what to leave out: There is no need to provide references, publications, or coursework on your resume. These items can be discussed in the interview -- and references can be provided after an interview or job offer.
Have you converted your CV into a resume before? What other tips would you share?
Mona Abdel-Halim is the co-founder of Resunate.com, the world’s only resume builder for MBA candidates. You can find Mona and Resunate on Facebook and Twitter.
~Article provided by the courtesy of Kaplan GMAT