Did you know that the average resume gets read in 6 seconds? In those 6 seconds, a recruiter or employer will decide if he or she would like to learn more about you. It is essential your resume clearly communicates: where you have worked, what you have done and what you can do for the employer. In this section you will find tips on resume formatting and content, as well as the Questrom Resume Guide and Template. And don’t forget, the FCC is always here to help you assemble, review and provide feedback on your resume.
Your resume is an introduction to a potential employer. More often than not, employers will scan your resume and make an assessment very rapidly. Your resume should stimulate an employer’s interest in meeting you and lead you to the next step – the interview.
- Your resume IS a marketing tool that distinguishes you from the competition by highlighting your major accomplishments and related experience. It is a presentation targeting the potential employer’s needs and emphasizing your contribution to previous organizations.
- Your resume IS NOT an autobiography that describes your life to date or a laundry list of everything you have ever done in your previous jobs.
Helpful Formatting Tips:
Powerful B-A-R Statements
Before I organized the inventory, orders took three hours to process.
After I organized the inventory, orders were processed in half the time.
Resulting B-A-R Statement:Organized inventory by creating an Excel spreadsheet and reduced order processing in half the time. OR, for even more of an impact, start with the accomplishment:Reduced order processing in half the time by organizing inventory on an Excel spreadsheet.
A long report
250-page status report
Managed four-person staff
Saved department $75,000 annually
In less than three hours
Incorporate computer, social media and language skills into this section. Be aware that if you indicate aptitude or proficiency in a technical skill or language, you should be prepared to discuss or speak it during an interview.