It’s a new year and maybe it’s time for a change. You have started to look for a new opportunity and realize you need an updated resume.
Ten Second Rule.
Did you know that when your resume appears before an employer it has about 10 seconds to grab their attention? That’s how long the average HR or hiring manager takes to scan a résumé and decide if your skills match up to move on to the next stage. Some companies use automated AI programs to weed out an overabundance of submissions.
Believe it or not, your resume is not just about you. It is about the person who will be reading it and matching it up against the job description. Pique their curiosity. The goal is to get an interview and then you can shine in person. It is marketing at its best.
4 quick tips to preparing a killer résumé.
- Make it easy for them to contact you. Contact information should contain your name, phone number, and email address. There is quite a debate about a physical address. Some say it is not necessary. We often suggest that you place a link to your LinkedIn profile in the header.
- Give them what they are looking for right up front. Create a great statement or objective. Then list your skills using the job description as a guide. Let them picture you in that position.
- Make it readable and easy on the eyes. More is not always better; sometimes it is just more. Use bullet points to list the attributes of each position you have held. Keep it clear and concise.
- Don’t tell a lie. I am sure this does not really need to be said but I will anyway:
Tell. The. Truth.
If you have a gap in your work experience, be prepared to explain it, but don’t fib the dates or experiences. Human resources departments do check education information including graduation dates. Colleges and universities will not disclose any other information.
Do some research. If you get the interview and you know who you are meeting with, Google them. Learn a little about them and more importantly learn about the company. It helps prepare you and builds a little confidence.
We love working with people to help them find a new job or opportunity. Let us know if we can be of assistance. Good luck and knock ‘em dead!