1. Write your resume specific to the job you want. Don’t send out the same resume to everyone; it is always a good idea to tailor the experience and skills you list to match as closely as possible to the specific things an employer is looking for.
2. Make your resume a pleasure to look at. Downloading one of the many templates available online for writing a resume can help, but it is very important that your resume gives someone glancing at dozens of others a reason to pause. Using bullet points to break up text, structuring your experience in a sensible order, and other bits of typography can really help. Even more important, though…
3. Make triple-sure that there are no mistakes. Errors in grammar, spelling or a messy layout can cause a bad first impression. Since your resume may be the only piece of data an employer will have about you, it needs to be absolutely perfect.
4. Don’t “say” it, “show” it. Instead of listing personality attributes, such as “organized” or “diligent,” provide evidence to the fact. Explain a specific situation in your work history detailing how your efforts display your skills. “Handled multiple accounts while also meeting deadlines on a variety of assignments” is always better than “good worker.”