Our Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department recently hosted a “Breaking In” workshop for current students and alumni. These 3 top tips on Resume Writing were provided by MSPP Organizational Psychology Alumna, Kelly Armstrong.
- Write a powerful opening/objective statement or summary. A solid, clear opening/objective statement will help you carry a focused message throughout the resume. This will summarize your skills and emphasize your strengths and this should typically be in a block paragraph format and run about 3 to 5 sentences long.
- Tailor your resume and cover letter for EACH position. Many applicants create a generic resume and send it out for every job of interest. Most often this is just a waste of time. You should take the time to review in detail the job advertisement and the required qualifications. Tailor your resume and work experience to support what the employer is looking for. Address each point in enough detail that the employer can easily find the information on your resume and cover letter and understand your depth of experience. One resume does not fill all.
- Be organized, logical and concise. In addition to reviewing your experience, employers also use the resume to sense whether you are organized, logical or concise. Make sure your resume is balanced, neat, visually appealing and flows consistently. Clearly separate sections and emphasize section titles. Leave sufficient blank space between sections for easy reading.