Day Six | Friday | Twelve (Almost) Indisputable Facts About Resume Preparation
Here are twelve things that you need to know before crafting your resume:
- Everyone will have an opinion about your resume. Listen only to the person who can hire you. If that person likes it, then it’s great.
- Title your resume with the job title that you are seeking. The body 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- The career objective is obsolete.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 it is…fine.
- Key words that support your job objective must appear in your resume multiple times in order for it 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…unless you are in IT and then you have no limit. (Just kidding)
- Go back only 10 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 ten 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 ten seconds.
Call three friends today and let them know you are in job transition.
Run or Walk for 2 miles. Listen to the Radiolab podcast. Radiolab has the best production of any other podcast that I have listened to. You will become addicted it.
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 Cast Away
Ken Lazar, Principal
Ability Professional Network, LLC
Recruiting Sales and Business Development Professionals