The Problem with Generic Career Blogs
This is a useful set of suggestions, and I'd recommend most of them. I always appreciate when someone who's sending me her or his resume has already done this type of research; usually, that means the resume is in good enough cosmetic shape for me to give the next level of feedback.
The problem is, I always find blog posts like this to be too abstract. "Use active words" is a generic tip; but often it takes someone looking at your resume to tell you which words are effective for your story. One client of mine sent me his resume with the following bullet: “Assisted clients over phone and e-mail, and training colleagues in efficient and safe telephone communication.” If you follow these “creative resume hacks” that you can find from any simple Google search, this probably seems fine.
But when I looked at this statement, I thought of a more outcome-oriented way to write this bullet point: “Assisted 150 clients per week via phone and email and conducted training of 25 colleagues in customer service and safe telephone communication protocols." Much more impressive with quantified metrics and outcomes, and tailored to my client’s specific experience!
When I was applying to business school, I was able to get my resume to a state of decency thanks to blogs like the Muse; but it took advice from my more senior friends and colleagues to take it to the next level. Happy Google searching, and hit us up when you’re ready for specifics!