5 Tips To Make Your Resume Shine




If you follow my posts you know that this past week my husband was home from North Dakota and we were working on finding him a new job. The first step in his job search involved reviewing and revising his resume. Lucky for him this is something I’m pretty adept at and I love helping folks put together a clean, well written resume. So, while it’s fresh in my mind, and since I often see questions about how to write or format resumes, I thought I’d share a few tips with you today to help you put your put your best foot forward with potential employers.

Keep it simple!

  • No more than one page!
  • No pictures or other superfluous images!
  • No paragraphs! Instead use 3 bullet points beneath each listed job to outline your duties. (See what I did there?)

Use correct spelling and grammar.

This should be your first priority when editing your resume. Spelling and grammar errors are the easiest mistakes to fix, but also the easiest to overlook. Have a friend or family member look over your resume before turning it in to potential employers. Chances are that they will be able to catch things that you may not see.

Do not include the line “References Available Upon Request”.

While this used to a be a popular practice it is now seen as obnoxious. Making potential employers jump through hoops may just get your resume kicked out of the pile. So, instead of placing this line at the end of your resume it’s best just give your prospective employer the information up front. You can do this by creating a separate document that lists at least 3 references that you can turn in along with your resume.

Use action verbs at the beginning of job duty descriptions.

There are entire websites devoted solely to lists of action verbs that can be used to describe job duties for resumes. This has been a suggested practice for resume writing for many years, but it has become even more important recently because of the technology that is now used in sorting through resumes. Which brings me to the following tip.

Optimize your resume to ensure it makes it through resume scanners.

In case you were unaware, many companies nowadays use scanning software to sift through the piles of resumes they receive. These programs pick out keywords in the resume that match the employer’s job requirements. One of the easiest ways to ensure you meet the scanner’s requirements is to use the action verbs mentioned above. You will also want to tailor your resume to match the keywords in the job posting. You may even wish to include a skills section at the end of your resume that matches key skills listed in the job posting for the job for which you are applying.

While nothing is ever guaranteed, following these tips should put you on the right track for getting your resume noticed! If you need additional help with keyword optimization or just a fresh pair of eyes to review your resume check out my posting on Fiverr and let me help you out!

About chelsea

Chelsea is mama to 4 year old Will and partner to her oilfield man and best friend of 16 years, Jacob. She splits her time between the family’s camper in the North Dakota Oil Patch and a small urban homestead in Kentucky. Chelsea writes about the family’s camper adventures at www.talesofanoilfieldgypsy.blogspot.com. She is a batik artist and loves teaching others about the art of batik at www.beautyofbatik.com. She can also be found working on her other sites www.chelseaniehaus.com and www.urbanagricultureinfo.com. In her moments of spare time she enjoys knitting, sewing and gardening.


  1. Faith Schneider says:

    Have to disagree with including references with every application. True, its not necessary to say ‘References available upon request’, because its standard practice for them to ask for it if they decide you are qualified. However, its rude and inappropriate to pass on your reference’s contact information to every place you apply to. They should know when and who will be contacting them.

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