Good news for those seeking employment: the U.S. added 214,000 new jobs to the economy last month. If you're looking for work or a promotion, or want to change careers, now may be the time to spruce up your resume.
Still, make sure you get it right. It could be your ticket to the big leagues or the bench, depending on how you deliver.
First step: Avoid resume killers. Most human resources managers will spend less than five minutes reviewing a resume before deciding whether a job candidate should move on to the next step in the hiring process, according to a Society for Human Resource Management survey released this spring. So you want to make sure you have the basics covered.
Put experience and education in chronological order, use bullet points to describe past work, and tailor the resume to the specific industry for the job you are seeking. Failing to do so could prevent you from even getting through the door.
Then to ensure your resume stands out, follow these three steps: