If you find that your résumé isn’t getting the results you want, spring is the perfect time to clean it up.
Ford R. Myers, Career Coach, Speaker and Author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring,” (John Wiley & Sons, 2009, www.GetTheJobBook.com), suggests the following five tips to freshen up your résumé this spring.
1. BE BRIEF: Less is Always More
Of the five main sections of a résumé – Personal Information, Career Summary, Professional Experience, Education and Affiliations or Professional Development – the Career Summary is where brevity counts most.
“The Summary is a brief statement of who you are, where you’re ‘coming from,’ and what skills and expertise you have to contribute to an organisation. All you’ll need to grab the reader’s attention are five or six lines of text highlighting the benefits and contributions you offer as a professional,” states Myers.
2. BE SPECIFIC
Résumés that get noticed focus on specific results. Quantify everything you can, including retention rates, sales numbers, profit margins, performance quotas, and so on. Whenever possible, use percentages, dollars and hard numbers.
“Although individuals should be as specific as possible throughout the entire résumé, this tip should be exercised most in the ‘Professional Experience’ section. Here is where your past jobs, roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments are listed. It’s also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention.
The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time,” explains Myers.
3. BE ACTIVE
Myers urgesrésumé writers to use strong action verbs at the beginning of every sentence. Words such as “create,” “launch,” “initiate,” “devise” and “conduct” have a lot more impact than a vague phrase such as “was responsible for.”
4. BE SELECTIVE
Focus on information that is truly relevant to your career goal, and edit out the rest. “There is no need to focus on your after-school job or high school achievements if they are not relevant to the career you are looking for or if they are in your distant past,” says Myers.
5. BE HONEST
Myers warns job seekers to never lie on a résumé, “If you lie, you will always lose in the long run.”
“Yourrésumé is a ‘living document’ that will be edited and updated through the course of your job search and your entire career,” adds Myers. “Taking a good look at it this spring, as well as the start of every season, will help you put your best foot forward.”
Reprinted by permission of Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known Career Coach and author of “Get The Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring.” Download your Free Special Report, “10 Vital Strategies to maximise Your Career Success” at http://www.careerspecialreport.com.
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