I help people who are Called for More start their own businesses, or find their dream career. For folks who are looking to transition to a new company and are in the midst of a job search, one of biggest takeaways I hope you've been getting from me is that flinging your resume into the black hole of internet job boards is NOT likely to land you your dream career.
But that doesn’t mean your resume’s not important.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m a certified professional resume writer, and for years I was a staff writer for the country’s largest resume writing services. The company I worked for spent hundreds of thousands of dollars researching what resumes were likely to appeal to hiring managers versus which ones are likely to get rejected.
Even though your resume is not going to get you the job, it is helpful for getting interviewed by the right people, and a poorly crafted resume can absolutely get you ruled out for a position.
So here are some do’s and don’ts for your resume.
Do NOT have a Career Objective. You know, where you say you’re seeking a job in a growing company where you can contribute your skills and advance. That is SO nineteen nineties!! The Objective is dead, long live the Career Impact Statement. This is where you talk about what successes and skills YOU bring to the table, and in what capacity. And on that note…
DO list the specific job you are looking for. Even if this means you have thirteen different versions of your resume (which you shouldn’t…if you work with me we will get very clear on the perfect title/position for you).
DON’T talk about all the things you were ‘responsible for’. Instead, list 2-3 quantifiable things you accomplished in each position. You know, with real numbers and everything!
DO NOT use a functional format to disguise long gaps or short tenures. Trust me, if you even make it past the screening-bots, the first person to see it will assume you’re hiding the fact that you were in jail for double homicide. Or something bad. If you have gaps, it’s best to just explain them in your cover letter…because…
DO have a custom cover letter every time you submit your resume. In a format that matches your resume.
And speaking of formats….DO NOT get too artistic (with the possible exception being if you’re a graphic artist).
Stick to plain and professional, black and white.
DO use bullets and spacing to make it readable and pleasing to the eye. No matter who you are, you can get your resume down to two pages, without using a font size of 8 and having huge blocks of text. If you can’t, your future employer will probably (rightly) wonder if you have experience writing concisely in a professional capacity.
Also, DO make sure your resume matches your LinkedIn profile!
And finally, do NOT rely on your stellar resume to get you the job. The folks who get the best jobs don’t rely on job boards, but on the relationships they’re cultivating outside their close friends and colleagues. There’s a whole system I teach about this and how you can leverage it to land your dream role.
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