A resume should start with a clear job objective and then proceed to explain concisely how the applicant's accomplishments and experience help meet that objective. It is important to be focused and brief in order to capture the hiring manager's attention and interest. The applicant should use short sentences, preferably bullet points, and use action words within the body of the resume so that the applicant's strengths and relevant experience stand out clearly.
The resume should highlight the ways in which the applicant is best suited for the job opening, focusing on the strongest points first in order to hook the reader. Using keywords from the job description helps to customize the resume and helps the applicant stand out. The information should remain positive and any information that detracts from the objective of the resume, including potentially negative information or irrelevant experience, should be left out. The goal is to keep the attention of the hiring manager so the applicant should not elaborate on or share excessive details regarding accomplishments and experience, since the interview is a better time to discuss these points. Finally, the applicant should format the resume in a way that catches the eye and allows for quick scanning and easy reading.