Your Resume is So Last Year

Your Resume is So Last Year

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So many people are clueless about what to do with their resumes. It’s often a hodgepodge of information that we guess is important structured in a Googled, overused format, organized in chronological or reverse-chronological order, with or without an objective. It’s one to three pages of everything we’ve ever done or the most pertinent or recent information–and it’s a mess.

However, it doesn’t have to be. Professional coach, resume writer, and founder of Discover.Define.Develop, Joveline J. Pettus, has broken down the essential elements that will render your resume fresh, relevant, polished, informative, and impactful.

Check out her tips:

1. Show Me the Money

Did you save the company time or money? If so, how much? For example, did you create or automate a report that saved time? If so, how much time did you save (two days, one week, etc.)? Hiring Managers want to see how you have contributed to the bottom line.

2. Accomplishments

Have you ever been Employee of the Month? Or earn the top spot for the customer service survey rating? Or successfully lead and execute the company’s 5k walk? This is a great way to show that you are more than willing to go the extra mile!

3. Hiring Managers Hate Objectives

Keep it short, clean, and to the point, with no more than three to four sentences or bullets. Employers want to know what skills you can offer them, not what they can offer you.

4. Do Not Lie

For the love of all that is holy, do not lie! Recruiters and hiring managers can sniff this out quicker than you think, and you will pay dearly. Besides embarrassing yourself and everyone involved, you will probably ruin any chances of working for that company. Don’t do it!

5. Tailor Your Resume to the Job 

Your resume should be aligned with the position you are applying for. If not, how would a manager know if you are qualified? If you do not have any experience, creatively frame any transferable skills.

Follow these tips to ensure your resume is gleaming.

Any more resume tips you have that you don’t see above? Help your fellow job-seeker by sharing in the comments.

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