Ever felt like you’ve been sending out too many resumes without getting a single call? If the answer is yes, then it probably has something to do with your resume. Perhaps your resume could use some work, but you don’t know where to start.
You may think you need to start from scratch, but you likely have good material in your resume that only needs a handful of changes.
Ditch the objective. Resume objectives don’t really help your profile. At the same time, they’re a bit outdated. Instead of writing up an objective, focus on how you can show your experience, skills and accomplishments.
Add a profile section. Once you’ve gotten rid of the objective, you can create a profile section to highlight your strengths and experience. You can summarize what you most have to offer in a few sentences, or use bullet points. Doing this gives the recruiter an idea of how you rate as a candidate.
Focus on what you have accomplished. It’s much better to write about what you have accomplished rather than what you were responsible for at each job you held. Think of what numbers might have improved through your efforts, and what effect you’ve had on certain processes and efficiencies. Consider how you can apply that to the potential new jobs you’re looking for.
Chunk big blocks of text. It’s best to use bullet points to avoid having large blocks of text in your resume. Reading long paragraphs can be boring, especially for a manager who has to go through hundreds of resumes on a daily basis. It’s easier for managers to absorb information about you through bullet points rather than paragraphs.
Shorten your resume. Keep your resume to a page or two. If you’re a fresh grad, it’s really best to keep your resume to one page due to limited experience. A short resume can be an advantage, as long as the most important points are there.
Be willing to remove information that won’t really help your resume. You don’t have to stuff everything into your resume. Choose only what’s significant to the job you are applying for. (You can leave out the summer job you had eight years ago.) Remember that your resume is your marketing document, and not a comprehensive listing of all the work you’ve performed.