Build a Professional Resume

If you want to build a professional resume, you have to expect to spend some time doing so. Great resumes do not build themselves. They are written, then revised and proofread many times. Now, that doesn't mean you can't send it out after the first draft or two. If a position you want comes up and you need to apply for it right away or lose the opportunity, then by all means, send out what you have prepared. Just remember to revise it, proofread it – and have your friends and family to do also – to ensure it is free from errors and reads well.

Making a resume free from errors includes typos and grammatical issues, too. One of the things that is commonly found in resumes is an inconsistency in grammar (and also in other areas). For instance, if you use bullets at the top of your resume and then use dashes near the bottom, it jars the reader's eyes. Yes, little things like that do matter. Another example is when an individual uses different tenses in the same employment history description (i.e. directed employees, cultivating relationships, supervise, etc.). The only time there should be a tense change is if you prefer to use present tense in your current job and past tense in previously held jobs.

When you build a professional resume, it is helpful to compare it to a resume checklist to ensure you don't miss anything or add something that you should omit.

Some things to omit include:

  • a picture of yourself
  • personal information, such as your collection of Star Wars figures
  • your date of birth
  • religious, ethnic and/or gender statements
  • anything that isn't absolutely pertinent to the position of interest
The last thing that needs to be covered here is the tendency of some job applicants to "embellish" their resume or outright lie on it. You cannot build a professional resume on deception. If there is anything you think you need to overcome, you can handle it in the cover letter or in the interview.

When you make the effort to write a resume that garners an employer's attention, then you will be rewarded with an interview and a job offer. Take the time to do it right.

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