Dear #AmtrakCareers: Do I need a resume?

Dear Amtrak Careers

Dear Amtrak Careers: I am a current Amtrak employee, and I am ready for an Amtrak career change. Do I need a resume?

Having a solid and effective resume can actually improve your chances of landing your next job at Amtrak. A great resume is your first opportunity to make an impression on a recruiter or hiring manager. Being able to concisely summarize your skills, education, and experience is essential to career advancement.

These 6 resume tips are intended to help you put forth the best possible impression of yourself on paper.

  1. Organized Format
    Use a traditional chronological resume format that provides concise detail around your experience. Keep the format simple with traditional fonts (Arial or Times). Don’t forget your contact information – make it easy for the recruiter to get in touch with you.
  2. Introduce Yourself
    Include yourself in a short summary at the top your resume highlighting your most impressive career achievements at Amtrak. This summary is a good opportunity to list your Amtrak volunteer experience.  If you’ve volunteered for National Train Day for the last five years – let it be known! Participating in company sponsored events show you are an active and engaged employee.
  3. Relevant Experience
    If you are experienced in your industry, you do not need to list the very first job. If you’re a recent graduate, list part-time jobs, internships, volunteer work, or coursework relevant to the job. Avoid listing hobbies that are not relevant to the job.
  4. Keywords
    All companies have acronyms keywords unique to their business (i.e. Safe2Safer) – highlight this knowledge on your resume to reinforce your company knowledge. Have a look at the job description and include these keywords in your resume.
  5. Be optimistic, but realistic.
    Do not apply for a job because you “know you can do” it or you are a “quick learner.”  Remember it’s not a numbers game.  It will not help your job search efforts by applying for every open position.  In fact, applying for too many jobs in a short period may be interpreted as a lack of career focus.
  6. Spelling and Grammar
    Read your resume or cover letter out loud to yourself. If you find yourself stumbling over words, you will want to revise and eliminate redundancy and don’t forget to use spellcheck! You’d be surprised how many resumes are passed over because of an unfortunate misspelling.