Tips for a resume refresh

Whether you’re new to the working world or maybe you haven’t pursued a job in a while, you’ll need a strong resume that will help you stand out for the right reasons. Here are some resume do’s and don’ts, as compiled by the Robert Half staffing firm:

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Do: Include basic information such as name, phone number, email address and a link to your LinkedIn profile.

Don’t: Add protected or sensitive details such as age, race, date of birth, Social Security Number, marital status or religion.


Professional Summary

Do: Lead with a concise overview of your most impressive qualifications, emphasizing skills and achievements most pertinent to the position.

Don’t: Offer empty statements that add little insight into your top selling points. While short and sweet is great, these resumes tend to leave out all the details.


Education

Do: Cite the institution you attended, degree earned, honors received and (optional) the month and year you graduated. If you were a member of several organizations, include that information in a separate section.

Don’t: Include your GPA, unless it’s truly impressive and you’re a recent graduate. Listing "relevant courses" is also unnecessary unless you lack work experience.


Experience

Do: Focus less on your responsibilities and more on the positive impact you made. Convert statements that merely describe your job duties into ones that spotlight specific accomplishments.

Don’t: Include a laundry list of every duty you’ve ever performed. Also, avoid vague wording such as “participated in” or “was responsible for” and instead use more powerful verbs such as “created,” “led,” “initiated” or “increased.”


Skills

Do: Highlight specific skills that fit with the job you’re seeking, paying special attention to soft skills. Employers know there’s a good chance candidates with strong communication, leadership and interpersonal abilities, for example, will mesh well with colleagues and the company culture.

Don’t: Waste precious space being vague – or pretentious – about your abilities.


Achievements and Honors

Do: Understand that all accomplishments are not created equal. Focus on achievements that connect to your career.

Don’t: List so-called "accomplishments" that are dated or unrelated to your profession.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Let Travis Credit Union help you! We have a variety of job positions available at our branches and corporate offices. Visit our Careers page to browse our current openings. Good luck!

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