Keep the resume brief but do include your responsibilities and achievements. Two pages are acceptable but no more than two pages.
Use bullets to emphasize major points. Someone should be able to pick up your resume and in a glance see the information needed without having to wade through multiple pages.
Keep it neat and make the print large enough to read. Some people use colorful paper as a way to stand out, but that may work against someone applying for a conservative job. Make sure that if you use bright-colored paper that it will be positively received by the employer.
Tailor the resume for the position. If you’re applying for a supervisory position, for example, but have never been a supervisor, you might have skills acquired on a former job that would transition into a supervisory role. If you were in charge of training co-workers at your last job, highlight that fact on the resume.
Focus on your qualities, skills and abilities. Emphasize the volume of work you handled in a former job and your accomplishments.
Identify how you added value to your former employer and what you did to impact the company’s bottom line and success. Make note if you saved the company money, increased sales, improved a business process or marketing. Rather than saying you have five years of lending experience in a regional territory, say that you met or exceeded quota for all five years and your team was recognized for superior production, for example.
Identify your technical skills, including any software and Internet specific skills you have, regardless of how obscure they may sound.
Create two to three different resumes that emphasize different disciplines. If you have expertise in administrative skills and accounting, you can create one resume that emphasizes one set of skills and another that emphasizes both, depending on the job being applied for.
Fill up the page. Expand the margins. Don’t feel as if you must have large white spaces on the page.