I'm a newbie to SP and currently unemployed. (I was called back for a 3rd interview for next week!)
Just a few helpful tips:
1. Make sure you use Key Words. For instance, my job title is Clinical Research Associate but I am also called a CRA or a monitor. I make sure my resume uses all of these terms. 2. It is a good idea to quantitate achievements. Such as “I completed the project under budget, or increased sales by XYZ %. There is a difference between having experience and being good at what you do.
My resume is 2 pages. Sometimes in my field, it becomes a CV when I add publications. I was advised that there should be some white space in the CV and to use a normal size font. (Some people cram too much information and use a really tiny font.)
For the cover letter, I look at the job posting very carefully and try to match my experience with the job description and the requirements.
Finally, check out www.resumania.com. This is written by Robert Half and has some fine examples of what not to do. The resumes are real and sadly they are hilarious.
I have always stuck with 1 page if under 10 years of experience and 2 pages if over 10 years.
Your resume is to be a glimpse of you and your accomplishments, not a documentary. It should introduce you to the prospective employer and get you the interview, thus give details on major projects and tell the outcome. Use the interview to explain more in depth of the project.
Ex: If you reduced paper use by implementing a new process, mention that along with the $10K savings reduction in paper through the company.
Companies want to know how you can help them, not just what you did on a daily basis.
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