Here are twelve things that you need to know before crafting your resume:
- Everyone will have an opinion about your resume. Listen only to those people who are at a level that can hire you. If that person likes your resume then it’s great.
- Title your resume with the job title that you are seeking. The body your resume must support that title.
- The career objective is obsolete. Use a value statement instead. Companies are very interested in what you can do for them not what they can do for you.
- Your resume, LinkedIn profile, business card, personal website and other social media content must send a consistent message.
- No recruiter or hiring manager likes to receive a “functional resume”. If you don’t know what a functional resume is…fine.
- Key words that support your job objective must appear in your resume multiple times for your resume to get a high ranking by applicant tracking software.
- The first 1/2 of your resume is the most critical. Get your message across early.
- Refrain from using bullets or other symbols that will be interpreted differently by different software. Stick with what is on your alphanumeric keyboard and leave the fancy symbols and shapes out.
- Quantitative data is king. Use this type of data when stating your accomplishments.
- Your resume should be two full pages…three at the most.
- Go back only 10 – 12 years unless you have a good reason.
- No Typos.
A resume is very emotional document to most people. Job seekers spend a great deal of time agonizing over word selection. Remember, the purpose of your resume is to get an interview. You have an initial 10 seconds of the recruiter’s time.
The recruiter is going to look at the title of your resume, scan your value proposition, look at your “Strengths and Expertise”, scan the summary of your last job and look at your education. Then, the recruiter will make the determination whether to call – all in 10 seconds.
✔ If you are not a member of a professional sales association, now is the time to join one. Go online and find the president. Call and ask to join and see if they have a discounted rate for job seekers.
Walk for 2 miles or go to the gym. Listen to the Radiolab podcast. Radiolab has the best production of any other podcast that I have listened to.
I know what I have to do now. I’ve got to keep breathing because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring? – from the movie “Cast Away”