There are some common resume troubles that you don't need a resume doctor to diagnose -- you can find and fix them yourself.
"Make sure it looks easy to read," said John Dooney of the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria. That means leaving plenty of white space and bulleting various items.
Although some people recommend functional resumes -- grouping experience by type -- Dooney believes chronological resumes are better. "It's easier for a person to really understand," he said.
It should be easy for someone to contact you, too. "Make sure there's a daytime phone number on it," Dooney said.
Provide a succinct description of each company you worked for and what it does, as well as what your role was. "One of the things I see that people don't do very well is give the reader a good idea of the depth and scope of the company and the job," said Tom Wimer of KnowledgeBank Inc., a McLean human resources outsourcing firm.
Then use bulleted items to say what you achieved. Don't just list duties, he said, list accomplishments.
A common flaw is "treating a resume as a career history, not a sales piece," said career consultant Barbara Herzog of Herzog Associates in the District. "It needs to be truthful, but it doesn't need to list every duty. Another common mistake is using objectives, not summaries. Objectives say what you want; summaries say what you offer."
Finally, just about everyone involved with hiring agrees on this: Proofread your resume carefully. Spelling and grammatical errors can doom an otherwise polished presentation.
-- Maryann Haggerty
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