We know… we know…
The thought of writing a new resume is enough to make you cringe. But while resume writing can be tedious, a strong resume is the key to unlocking precious interview opportunities.
So we have good news! You don’t need to create a brand new resume for every job search.
Here are 10 simple changes that will help breathe new life into an already existing resume:
- Remove your address. A hiring manager may see your address and withdraw you from consideration if they think your commute may be too long. Don’t let someone else decide how far you are willing to travel for the right job. (Simply include an email address and phone number.)
- Remove the career objective. Your objective is simple and obvious: you’re looking for a job. Deleting this section frees up room for more pertinent information.
- Add a Qualifications section (in place of the objective). Here you can include achievements, notable skills and significant experiences. It’s a great, “at-a-glance” way to show what you bring to the table.
- Stick to your most recent 10-15 years of experience. Focusing on accomplishments and skills from that timeframe will keep you relevant.
- Change the way you present your dates of employment if you have gaps in your work history. Instead of month/day/year, simply use the year.
- Limit yourself to 5-6 bullet points per job. List only the most pertinent duties to the job.
- Use numbers and percentages whenever applicable. Numbers stand out and can be used to measure your accomplishments, or to emphasize the scope and scale of your responsibilities. (Note: Be honest and prepared to prove it.)
- Move your education to the bottom of your resume. Unless you’re a recent college grad, you’re likely to have plenty of more current and relevant work experience to shine the spotlight on.
- Don’t include “references available upon request.” Chances are employers WILL ask for references anyway, so it’s unnecessary.
- Save your resume as a PDF. This will ensure that there are no formatting issues when your resume is opened on a different computer.
Important: Remember to always proofread your resume! Ask someone else to read it, too. Easily avoided mistakes leave a negative impression.
It make take a few minutes out of your day to make some changes to your resume, but every moment you invest in editing your resume is an investment in your future!
Don’t be afraid to reach out to a staffing firm for help. Many recruitment agencies offer resume help to their employees.
At Masiello, we offer free resume writing workshops designed to help you avoid common mistakes and educate you on what recruiters and companies are looking for in a resume. We have several other resources available to job seekers as well. Contact our experienced recruiting team today. We’re here to help!