The do's and don'ts of resumes and cover letters.

The do's:

  • Create a master resume and commit to keeping it updated.

  • Taylor the resume to the role.

  • Include all of your contact information including email address and your telephone number.

  • Remove the objective statement and replace with a career summary. Your objective is to get the job.

  • Start with your most recent job first.

  • Include numbers. If you lead a team, state how many people are on the team. Grow revenue? State by how much? Manage a budget? State how big the budget is. Include the size of the market and the number of units you oversee.

  • Identify career accomplishments not just descriptions of the duties performed on the job.

  • Cut “the fluff”. Make your words impactful.

  • Use powerful words such as anticipated, developed, administered, influenced, empowered, achieved, revitalized, negotiated, enabled, produced, transformed, strengthened, motivated, inspired etc.

  • Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Then have someone else proofread it for you.

  • Only list extracurricular activities if they directly relate to the position you’re applying for. No one cares that you have worked with fish and reptiles if you are applying for a District Manager of a restaurant company.

  • Keep your resume to one, two or three full pages. The length will depend on the level of your leadership as well as the scope and duration of your responsibility with each employer. No one needs a six page resume. Also, avoid half pages. If your resume is a page and half, either cut or add content accordingly.

  • We know references are available upon request. Rather than state that, use that line of the resume for something impactful.

  • Add your LinkedIn profile URL and keep your LinkedIn profile updated. Don’t have a LinkedIn profile? Get one. It’s free and a great way to network.

  • Tell the truth. If you lie, you will get caught. Whether it’s about your language fluency, college education, or your dates of employment. Tell the truth.

  • Use a common clean font that is easy to read.

  • Omit any references to your birthdate, marital status or religion.

  • If you’re more than ten years out of college, remove your graduation year.

  • Attach your resume to all correspondence with prospective employer or recruiter. Don’t make them look for it.

The don'ts:

  • I demand a salary commiserate with my extensive experience.

  • Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions.

  • Reason for leaving last job: Maturity leave.

  • Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.

  • It’s best for employers that I not work with people.

  • You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time.

  • Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.

  • I was working for my mom until she decided to move.

  • Marital status: Single, Unmarried, Unengaged, Uninvolved. No commitments.

  • I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.

  • I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.

  • Personal interests: Donating blood, fourteen gallons so far.

  • As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments.

  • Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘job-hopping’. I have never quit a job.

  • Marital status: Often. Children: Various.

  • Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 am every morning. I couldn’t work under those conditions.

  • The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.

  • Finished eighth in my class of ten.

  • References: None, I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.

  • Personal Thumbnail: Exceeds expectations. Gets the job done. Can have tea with the Queen on Sunday and longnecks with the boys at the ice house on Monday.

Example Resumes

Executive Resume.pdf

Multi Unit Resume.pdf

General Manager Resume.pdf