Tips for Creating a High Impact Resume

While watching television this morning, my attention was caught when one of their guest provided some tips in creating a better or high impact resume.

Tip #1: Don't get too detail on the dates of your resume.

Example (Bad)

Company A
February 2004 - January 2009

Example (Good)

Company A
2004 - 2009

Reason: Including the months in your work experience could show gaps. These gaps could provide lessen the total years of experience and the number of months being jobless.

Tip #2: Don't put the date you graduated.

Example (Bad)

University A
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
March 2004

Example (Good)

University A
Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Reason: The date will indicate how old you are. This might give you some disadvantage.

Tip #3: Don't be too specific on your personal summary

Example (Bad)

An engineer with 25 years experience in design. To be employed by a successful design company.

Example (Good)

An engineer well-experienced in design. To be a part of a company involved in design.

Reason: The number of years of experience will indicate your age. Being selective on the company will discriminate you from being interviewed by new companies.

Tip #4: Be specific on your duties and responsibilities.

Example (Bad)

In charge of big budget projects.

Example (Good)

Managed and deilivered a $100M EPCM project for Company Z within agreed time duration and budget.

These tips are not very extra-ordinary but often overlooked by job seekers.

About the Author

Ver Pangonilo

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) – Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) – Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).

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