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.
Use proper formatting Make sure to avoid excessive white space and to use the space on the page. Avoid using more than one page if possible definitely no more than two. Highlight key points with bullet lists and make sure your paragraphs are clear and concise. Resumes are not the time to be wordy. Be straight to the point.
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.
Mass production may be suitable for nuts and bolts; however it sure is not the right method to create your resume. This is what the resume mills or factories do - produce resumes that all look the same. When a prospective employer receives hundreds of applications and your resume is similar to the majority of them the impression created is not good enough to warrant an interview. Most likely it will not even be viewed.
Add in a list of skills Your resume is no place for modesty. Highlight your skills especially if they are specific to the job youre applying for and list where you gained experience with that skill set. Instead of being general give concrete details and highlights. For example list your experience with Microsoft Office or even a particular piece of software over computer skills. Make sure to include plenty of competency statements.