7 Ways to Improve and Update a Resume
A resume is a self marketing tool, and as the realm of employment and technology evolves, so must our own promotions. The importance of re-evaluating our resumes periodically can be the foot in the door for the perfect job position.
What is a resume, really? It is a reflection of us. We want to make recruiters see our most attractive side on paper or via online document. If you have not done a resume online… it is definitely time for a review, and a makeover in most cases.
We have decided to point out 7 improvements that one should likely consider during a resume do over:
Untouched for Extended Time
Some are fortunate enough to have a long term position. However, long term jobs mean that the resume has probably been untouched since acquiring said position. A decade or so ago, people were using multiple page resumes, but now a days, that is not appropriate. Whittle things down to one page, but make sure the skills and such that need to be highlighted have been.
Perspective Employer Phone Home?
ET phones home… perspective employers, not so much. This is the digital age, and employers actually expect us to have digital communication, via a cellular phone. This gives them the comfort of knowing you can be reached in a work emergency, rather home or not. Worst case scenario, get a prepaid phone, just to use during the job search.
No Digital Destination
Once again, this is the era of digital technology, which includes social networking and independent websites. It is a great idea to include a personal website, if one exists, on the application and resume. Some perspective employers even Google potential candidates, and we don’t want to get confused with anyone else. Thus, it is a good idea to go ahead and include any information that might be discovered on a search engine.
Professional Summery, Not Objective
Employers tend to not care so much about the employees wants and needs during the initial hiring process. Instead, they primarily want to know what we can do for them. A few decades ago, we used “objective statements”… stating what “we” wanted out of a career. Now, it is best to what is considered an “elevator pitch”, which explains what we can do for the employer in a paragraph. This is called a professional summary, and highlights our best noted skills for the job.
Get Attention, Attention, Attention
When applying for a job, we have to take into consideration that the perspective employer is likely viewing a minimum of 10 to 50+ resumes a day, depending on the position available. This means they will not take an hour to review our information, but will likely just glance over, looking for key skill and something that jumps out at them. Make sure that the necessary skills and accomplishments do.
Lose Employment Baggage
Since this is the digital age, the past decade and a half is usually the most important to a perspective employer. Ironically, the last 5 years specifically, depending on the position. Highlight the education, but don’t make that the focus and leave off dates. If they want to know more, they will ask.
Refrain From Referencing References
Long ago, in the dinosaur days, we put, “references upon request”. Refrain from doing that now, as that wastes space on the page containing relevant information. If a perspective employer wants a reference, they will inquire about one. This is often done during an interview anyway.
The bottom line to remember when it comes to resume rules is to highlight what needs to be highlighted in order to get the perspective job. Do not waste necessary space on irrelevant information, and let those preferred qualities shine through. Be prepared to cover any additional questions during the interview process, along with references.