Karen Ham, director career planning at the State University of New York in Potsdam, N.Y., says even the most experienced job seekers' resumes could use a little brushing up. Here are her tips to creating the perfect resume:
Include accomplishments. Instead of writing about duties and responsibilities, write about what you learned and accomplished that will benefit the employer.
Fix your format. Set up the resume so that the eye does not have to travel in and out on the page. Do not keep indenting. Use bulleted style instead of paragraphs. Make sure you have white spaces. Make information that is important to the reader stand out visually.
Mix nouns and verb phrases. Write using action verb past tense phrases. The resume should be action-verb oriented. It should not be in complete sentences. Everything on the resume should have already happened. Do not include future plans.
Be consistent. Keep the location of job titles, employer name, city, state and dates in the same order for each experience. Keep dates in the same format. For example, if you use 2010 do not use '09. Be consistent in use of indentation, underscoring, capitalizing and spacing.
Nix the errors. Errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation do not gain you any favors in the eyes of the hiring manager. In fact, grammatical errors may even land you in the "no" pile. To combat this, have others proofread your resume.
Keywords. Research employers and positions. Know what keywords are important for the type of position you are seeking and include them in your resume.