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There is definitely a big variation between a good resume, a not so good resume and those which defy classification. However, good resumes don’t necessarily benefit from any one specific writing method. In other words, what works best for one resume might not necessarily work best for another. Of course, there are some techniques which work equally well across almost all resumes. Here’s some
- Personalisation – it explains who you are, what your key competencies are, and what you’re looking for.
- Concise and well formatted – utilisation of white space and modern, easy to read fonts
- Utilisation of key phrases and consistency of meaning
- Quantification of achievements – it doesn’t make general claims but rather explains achievements in actual terms
- Elimination of redundancies – why irritate the reader with unnecessary repetition and useless generic terminology
- …and ABOVE ALL – It’s interesting! Lets face it no one wants to view anything that’s boring – it’s almost certainly not going to make the ‘IN’ tray
However, at Foot in the Door Professional Resumes, we also understand that there can be very different writing techniques which are suitable for one industry, but not necessarily another.
Your resume and cover letter are your tools to make an impact on a potential employer and secure an interview. There are many services on the market which claim to offer quality resumes and cover letters, each with a different opinion on style and content.
At Foot in the Door Professional Resumes, we believe that writing a quality resume and cover letter begins with face to face consultation which guarantees a truly representative and targeted summary of your skills and experiences – one that will that will convince the employer of your capabilities. The goal is to make your statement so convincing that the reader cannot wait to meet you.
A Foot in the Door Resume Checklist
- No spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors
- Makes clear, concise, and positive impression in 30 seconds or less
- Excellent typesetting, organised, easy to read, and has a balance between content and white space
- Highlights skills and accomplishments that match keywords found in the job description
- Quantifies accomplishments, if possible (e.g values, numbers, results etc.)
- Utilises accomplishment statements
- What was required
- How you did it
- Result (quantify when possible)
- Keeps the reader interested and informed