5 Tips on How to Improve Your Resume

Written By: Paulina Gomez, Office Assistant


Writer Marilyn Borysek (from the ASME Career Center) recently wrote, “Hiring managers and recruiters alike say they’ve seen more written resumes cross their desks recently than ever before.” In order to attract more interview offers and to ensure that your resume doesn’t get added to the eliminated pile, Reliance One, has compiled the following five key tips:


  1. Drop the “Objective” and Add a “Career Summary”
    • The general purpose of a “Career Summary” is to explain to the hiring manager(s) who you are, your skills and accomplishments.
    • It is important to spend time developing your summary and making sure it’s catered to the industry you are trying to apply for.


  1. Keep It Simple, but Descriptive
    • Yes, your resume can be more than a page. As you create your resume, each job position should include: Date(s), Company Name, Location, Job Title and Job Responsibilities. Be sure to include as much detail, as you can.
    • Don’t forget to selectively apply bold and italic typeface. In addition, bullets to catch the reader’s attention.


  1. Remember the Basics
    • Remember, your resume makes the first impression. Before submitting your resume make sure it is error-free, grammatically correct and clean.
    • Conservative is key. Make sure to have a logical format, clean font and size, clear headings and appropriate margins.


  1. Always Ask
    • Before submitting your resume, ask an individual to look over your resume to catch any errors, repetitiveness and to help add key words throughout your resume.
    • In addition, make sure to ask if the hiring manager(s) preference pertaining to PDF or Word resumes when submitting. You don’t want the hiring manager(s) unable to download your resume.


  1. Keep It Real
    • Remember, more than one person reads through your resume and checks the validity of the information you provided.
    • To ensure validity on your end, make sure to update your resume consistently with new roles, responsibilities, skills, additional training or certifications.


Keeping these five tips in mind when either updating or creating your resume, will ensure that you are marketable which should lead you to your next interview.


Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or resume@reliance-one.com.


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Borysek, M. (2011, March). ASME: Setting the Standard . Retrieved from 6 Tips for Writing an Effective Resume : https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/job-hunting/6-tips-for-writing-an-effective-resume

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