Resume Tips

Your resume is the best tool you have to help your recruiter open the door at the employer of your dreams. Have you heard that a resume may only get a 20-second "lookover" before going in the proverbial "yes pile" or "no pile"? 

40 years of hiring Greenville's top talent has given us a chance to critique a lot of resumes and we have learned what it takes to put together a great resume. We have put together our best advice to help you write a "yes" resume that will get noticed and get results.

  • Brainstorm. Start by brainstorming about your experience and education. You want your resume to reflect your performance, your strengths, and your skills, so be sure you know what you want to highlight in your resume before you start writing.
  • Keep it Simple. Don't go overboard with fonts, borders, and colors. Use plain, readable fonts like Times New Roman and simple bulleting to highlight skills and accomplishments.
  • Use Details. Employers like details! Use numbers and facts when possible. Don't just say that you performed a certain task. Always give specifics on how you've increased the bottom line, saved your company money or streamlined a process.
  • Use a Professional Email Address and Voicemail Message. You want to come across as a professional. Silly or inappropriate email addresses or voicemail messages will do just the opposite.
  • Start your Resume with a Candidate Summary Instead of an Objective. Objective statements tend to be too specific or too general. A candidate summary gives the employer just what they want. It is a concise statement that shows your skills and potential value to employers.
  • Use a Chronological Resume Format. Most employers prefer a chronological resume. It is critical to not just list your experience, but give the company names and the dates you worked there.
  • Include Software Skills and Industry Related Acronyms. Some employers may only scan your resume, so you want to be sure they take notice of all your skills. Be sure to list any industry specific acronyms that may be required for a position.
  • Forget the One-Page Resume. It is fine to use two pages for your resume - just be sure that you are not using the extra space to give too much information.
  • Design Your Resume to Get the Interview. It is not necessary to put every detail of your accomplishments on the resume.
  • Proofread, spell check, and proofread again! Have someone read over your resume for you. This effort will help you know that your resume is readable and will help you catch any mistakes you may have missed. Remember that spell check doesn't catch everything.

A great resume gives potential employers a glimpse of your professional experience and a sense of the strengths you can bring to their company. Make sure that your resume represents you well, but be careful not to go overboard by including personal or controversial information. View our examples of a good entry level resume and a bad entry level resume.