Always include a cover letter The cover letter is your time to highlight your skills and sell yourself as well as your resume to the recruiter. Make sure to use power statements and highlight your best qualities to get their attention. Your cover letter should address all the requirements for the position and explain why youre the best person for the job.
Whether youre still using an objective statement or you havent incorporated the use of searchable keywords using a current resume writing style is essential in todays competitive job search.
Avoid being vague If you have references include them. Dont say available upon request. If you have gaps in employment explain them clearly. They will probably come up in the interview anyways. Being prepared in advance by giving complete information in your resume is better than being caught off guard in the interview or worse skipped over all together.
Use good quality paper and a laser printer Dont skimp on paper quality with your resume it leaves a bad impression. Poor quality paper creases and wrinkles easier. Use a laser printer to make sure your resume doesnt smudge or smear. Always use white paper for easier photocopying and avoid color in your resume. Black and white is the way to go.
Functional resumes are good when you have little to zero work experience (or new grads). This type of resume allows you to showcase skills that fit in with the job requirements. Fair warning: most recruiters and hiring managers dont like this format and feel as though you may be hiding something. If you have a chronological resume you do not want to have one part chronological and one part functional because it will throw off the entire formatting and may confuse the employer about your skill set.