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Tips to Improve Your Resume

By December 26, 2023RETS Blog
  1. Keep Up-to-Date, Relevant & Concise
  • Quantify. That’s right. Numbers. Everyone in CRE wants to know SF, deal size, $, and more (asset name, location, etc.).
  • Your resume needs your city, state, and zip. Do not list your street address – a holiday card will not be sent.
  • Look at quantity of information per position. In general, older roles need less info, newer roles need more. If you’re looking to parlay your current role into a role the next step higher, expand on this info.
  • As you progress, older roles start falling off.
  • If you are under 30 years old, keep resume to 1 page; Over 30, your resume can be 2 pages.
  • Shorter the stint, less info needed.
  • Your resume is never done; get it to 95% and keep it there.
  • There is no perfect resume. You want your resume to be in the above average pile, not below average.


  1. Basic Information, Content & Consistency
  • No street address. City, state, and zip code. One email. One cell.
  • Customize your LinkedIn URL. It should be
  • References should not be on resume. Keep project list a separate document.
  • If you choose to use periods after each bullet point, then make sure every bullet point is consistent.
  • Present tense for current role, past tense for past roles. Stay consistent; (–) vs (—).
  • Utilize one font for the entirety of your resume.
  • Spacing — Look at the line break symbol to make sure of consistency between sections.
  • Include personal achievements specific to your role and brag (a little)… Your resume shouldn’t just say what you do, but how well you do it.
  • Must include technical skills; i.e. Financial Modeling, Excel, Argus.


  1. Proof Reading & Sending Off Resume
  • Sit down with someone…anyone. Give them a copy of your resume and let them review it for 60 seconds.
  • When finished, have them turn it over and write down the top 3 things that come to mind. This is how you are perceived on paper.
  • Do this with 2 or more people… the more the merrier. Update your resume by year end. Your resume is never truly done. Get it to 95% completion and keep it at 95% with tweaks/updates here and there.
  • Unless specified otherwise, your resume should be submitted as a PDF. This format allows no flagged words or phrases, no unpredictable format changes, and PDFs cannot be altered.
  • Recruiters will specify in the job posting which file format you should send your resume. If they didn’t, or they gave you a free choice, always go with PDF.


  1. Choosing & Preparing References
  • Have a ready list of references, ideally previous supervisors who will provide strong testimonials on your behalf. This may be someone who left your company or a leader you worked directly with.
  • As you progress in your career, add and remove individuals from your reference list as appropriate.
  • 3 references is ideal.
  • Make sure you have permission from your references.
  • Stay in touch with your references. Do not reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in 3-5+ years and immediately ask for a reference.
  • Prepare your reference. Talk to them about what you’re applying for.
  • Do not include references on your resume. They are valuable to you and you don’t want to unnecessarily waste their time.
  • Follow up with reference, thank them, and keep them updated and update on the status of your job search.


Resume Tips