time to pimp your resume
January 4, 2013
→For many, a new year means the quest for a new job. And, for those of you on the hunt, chances are you’ve tweaked your resume a million times in an effort to create the perfect final product. There are endless opinions out there about what the best resumes ought to look like, so we thought we’d share a few tidbits about what they shouldn’t look like—borrowed from ABetterInterview.com‘s list of the top five resume mistakes. Here’s the takeaway:
• No Proofreading: There is nothing more disappointing than looking at a great resume and seeing “detail oriented” spelled wrong. And, you must know that Word’s spell-check does not pick up all grammatical errors.
• Lack Of Specifics: For some reason, people like to be vague on their resume; It needs details.
• Too Much Day-to-Day And No Accomplishments: Make sure to keep a journal of your work accomplishments and successful moments on weekly basis and when it comes time to write/update your resume, you don’t make the mistake of only accounting for your job responsibilities from the prior week or month.
• Visually Too Busy Yes, resumes are evolving and in certain industries and professions, creative resumes are necessary, but most jobs still need straight forward resumes that highlight skills and strengths. If your name can’t be found in 1-2 seconds, your resume is going in the “no” pile.
• You Only Have One Resume, Not Five: There isn’t a one-size-fits-all for a resume. Instead, create 3-5 resumes and have each highlight a different skill and target the specific job you are applying for. A focused resume will allow a company to highlight those particular skills they’re seeking.
If you’re interested in browsing the full article, it’s available here. Added bonus: the author will answer any one (1) resume question you have just for reading.
Remember, it’s not always about what you stuff into your resume—the best changes you can make may lie in what you remove. Every word should be strategically chosen to highlight your talents and skills. If the words aren’t doing their job, say sayonara.