When was the last time you updated your resume? The job market is always changing, and you never know when the next great opportunity might come along. Don’t let a weak resume stop you—especially if the job looks like a perfect fit! Taking a fresh look at the classic career-booster can help you prepare for your next step and put your best foot forward.
Shine on: making your resume count
Recruiters and hiring managers usually have lots of resumes to review when considering which candidates to call in for interviews. That means you have only a few moments to make a great impression. You need a resume that quickly and clearly communicates your value and demonstrates what makes you a top contender.
Here are steps to set your resume (and yourself!) apart from the crowd:
The most prime real estate is the top 1/3 of your resume. Don’t waste it with your home address: use your updated LinkedIn profile web address instead. Ditch the antiquated “Objective” statement and write a concise “Summary” immediately after your name-think of it as your elevator pitch for why you’re perfect for the job.
Use a current and professional email provider like Gmail or Outlook, and try to use your name. For example, use Maritza.Delacruz@, and not maritzagobears@. For a more in-depth discussion about email addresses read Not so Hotmail: What your vintage email address says to potential employerslink opens in a new window.
Read the job description carefully; dig deeper than just the title of the job. If your skills fit, make sure you include and highlight them on your resume.
When determining what your resume should look like, there’s no one-size fits all answer.
Your resume needs to be simple, professional, and easy-to-read. Here are tips to hit the target:
What makes you stand out? You bring a unique set of skills, experiences, and expertise to each job—and your resume needs to highlight these. The idea is to show what you can do for an employer—not what you want from them. Forbeslink opens in a new window suggests asking yourself the following questions:2
And make sure the answers appear in your resumé—the can’t-miss details should be placed in the top third of the document. It’s not a bad idea to customize your resume for each job category or industry you’re targeting to make your skills ultra-relevant.
Numbers, dollar signs, and percentage points really stick out. So when applicable, be sure to show how much money you saved a company, how much you grew sales, etc. You can even place “wow” content in its own category, such as “Media Mentions,” “Honors and Awards,” or “Sales Accomplishments.”
Make sure your resume reflects the lingo and technology in today’s job market. Here are some tips:
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1 Facebook.com/theinterviewguys. “Best Resume Format Guide For 2017.” TheInterviewGuys.com, 2 May 2017, theinterviewguys.com/best-resume-format-guide/.link opens in a new window Accessed 12 May 2017.
2 Avenue, Next. "8 Critical Ways To Improve Your Resume." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 11 Feb. 2016. Web. 12 May 2017. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2016/02/09/8-critical-ways-to-improve-your-resume/#6e655cf01bc9.link opens in a new window
3 "What Your Resume Should Look Like in 2017 | Money." Time. Time, n.d. Web. 12 May 2017. http://time.com/money/4621066/free-resume-word-template-2017/.link opens in a new window Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram