It's never a bad time
to brush up on the latest best practices in résumé writing. Allison Nawoj, corporate communications manager for CareerBuilder.com
, advises on some common issues.Layoffs.
Be honest about gaps between employment and circumstances of a dismissal. Highlight productive activities or new skills acquired between jobs.Objectives.
Many sample résumés on CareerBuilder.com or Monster.com
begin with a statement of objective or a summary of skills. Nawoj says these aren't vital, but many people use that space to catch an employer's eye with details otherwise buried in the document.Job history.
A résumé should communicate your skills and achievements, so tease out worthy accomplishments in bullet points. And don't be afraid to have a lengthy job history, as long as entries are relevant to the position you seek.E-formats.
Video résumés aren't (yet) worth the trouble, but posting your résumé on a networking site such as CareerBuilder's BrightFuse.com
can give you increased exposure.