ATS Optimization: An ATS (Applicant Tracking System) is a software program that small to large companies use to track, organize, and most importantly, prioritize applicants for a specific job.
Metrics: Metrics are a performance measurement. An example would could be “achieved 110% of sales goals for 8 months straight.”
Discard the Objective Section:
References: Most people simply write “references available upon request” on their resume.
Experience: No more than 15 years of experience. We all had crummy jobs in high school and in college.
No longer than two pages: Remember that HR managers/ Directors are extremely busy people and may only have one or two hours a day to review a stack of resumes.
Relevant Education Only: If you have a bachelor’s degree, master’s, or Ph.D., include it in your education section.
If your job requires certifications or skills that can be objectively tested, include proof of certification and/or test results with your resume.
Mind the Gap: Any gaps in your resume’s career history need to be explained.
Watch your tenses: If the job you are describing was in the past, make sure you write about it in the past tense.
Soft Skills: Soft skills are not “attention to detail” or “ great multitasker.” Those terms have become cliché and mean essentially nothing.
The best resumes are always written in reverse chronological order. That is, your most recent position is at the top followed by your previous postion, and so on.
Avoid Connecting The Dots: This is called a Skills based resume and is a formatting choice that requires way too much imagination and attention from a potential Hiring manager.