Tag: Revive Your Resume
Do target your resume – you will probably need several versions of your resume to apply for particular types of jobs. Make sure that each version highlights the most relevant work experience and skills for the particular position you are applying for. Research the company you are applying for if possible.
Do get your friends to proof-read it first. To find out what sort of first impression you are making, ask them to do a quick scan first and tell you which 3 things stand out the most.
Purpose As you are writing your resume, always remember that the purpose of your resume is to get an interview. The person who sees your resume may have already looked at hundreds like it. To stand out, you need to showcase your skills and abilities in a clear, concise way, avoiding extraneous information, and positioning yourself as someone with the necessary skills, experience, and ability for the job in question. Prospective employers want to know what you did, for whom, for how long, what you achieved, how you achieved it, and what skills you have learned. Any extra information will serve to distract them from these essentials.
As a veteran recruiter my answer, A one page resume is usually to short and a three page resume is NOT too long. The key is to have the right information on your resume. In my experience one page resumes do not have enough information to grab my attention or the attention of search engines.
Employers and recruiters spend less than 30 seconds to scan your resume and determine whether you have what it takes to move to the next hiring stage. You may be a great candidate but your resume may not reflect that. So how do you grab their attention in 30 seconds? Take the 30 second resume … Read More »
The answer depends on your situation and on what position you are applying to.
1. Strategic Choice of Information
Strategically you need to decide what you want the viewer to see. I recently met a young woman with a master’s degree in engineering who wanted a technical sales position. My advice to her was to reduce the … Read More »