By far the greatest problem job seekers face when constructing their resume is answering the question: WHAT should I include, and how best to include it? Maximize the 5-7 seconds the average hiring agent spends scanning a resume by highlighting key skills / accomplishments, and minimizing fluff. Here are some pointers that have been shown to get results:
1) CREATE A SUCCINCT OPENING
Recruiters / hiring managers require the briefest of openings before delving into the specifics of your work history. That means NO free-floating achievements, recommendations, or bloated paragraphs filled with buzzwords. Instead, think in terms of 3-5 lines ACTIVELY demonstrating key skills such as forging new business partnerships, streamlining core processes, and expanding staff capabilities through hands-on coaching and mentoring. By keeping the opening simple, you build reader interest in exploring further.
2) AVOID RESUME CLUTTER BY CREATING A "CORE COMPETENCIES" SECTION
By now most job seekers understand the importance of having relevant keywords within their resume. However, cluttering your work history by jamming keywords within the text is confusing and ineffective. A strong alternative is creating a "Core Competencies" section, basically a boxed-in section listing all keywords near the start of your document. This keeps your work history lean and focused, while still ensuring keyword-relevancy.
3) SEPARATE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES FROM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Mashing together job duties and successes is a surefire way to reduce the overall impact of your resume. Separate them by creating a brief PARAGRAPH at the start of each position listing unique responsibilities, followed by a "Key Accomplishments" or similar section listing successes in bullets. This will go a long ways towards presenting a results-oriented structure.
4) KEEP THE CLOSING BRIEF
Do not undo the hard work put into your opening and work history by needlessly lengthening the closing with sections listing hobbies, interests, etc. Focus ONLY on credits that are pertinent to the type of position you're seeking, such as lessons, advanced training, and professional memberships.