Use ‘formal’ language and short crisp well structured sentences – easy to read absorb.
Use subheadings – they help the overworked hiring manger find what he/she is looking for quickly.
Use simple and clear typefaces – I think “Arial” is great.
Do not use jargon or abbreviations, check the spelling at least three times…. and have someone check your grammar.
Use statistics to quantify your responsibilities, job tasks and achievements. Examples: “managed a department of twelve people”, “was responsible for a sales budget of eight million dollars” or achieved production growth of 88%. Numbers will create vivid images in the reader’s mind that will be more likely stick.
A well written ‘generic’ resume is a great start however when applying for a job interview you must use the appropriate words and statements. So how how do you find out which words will get the attention of your reader. This is easy… just use as many words and statements, in your introduction, from their ad as you can. Example if they say they are looking for a ‘hard working team player that enjoys a personal challenge’ you use “team player”, “hardworking” and “likes a personal challenge” in your statements about yourself.