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Taking Care of Your Resume

April 4, 2017

Your Resume is an extension of yourself. Have you heard that before? If you’ve spoken to someone about how to create or update your resume, you’ve probably been told that a recruiter won’t look past your resume if it’s not done well. And that would be a correct assumption.

 

 

In today’s economic and technological environment, the business of applying for jobs has transcended the processes of the past and has people more confused and dissatisfied than ever before. Applying for multiple jobs online and then not hearing back from the employers right away, if at all, is a frustrating situation.

 

Shannon Talent can help you by being your go-between from you to the potential employer. An important aspect of taking this step with us is having your resume prepared. Have you updated it recently or want to make a few tweaks before you get in touch with us? That’s okay! This article will give you a few tips on improving your resume.  You also have the option of asking us to help you improve your resume.

 

Moving on to the bulleted lists that we all love so much, here is a checklist of what you need to look for when considering if your resume is employer-ready:

  • Does your resume have a header?

    • Make your name larger than the rest of the font so it stands out.

    • Include your permanent address and keep it up to date.

    • Include a listed phone number that you will answer. This should not be a current work number for obvious reasons.

    • Include a professional email address that you will have permanently.

    • You can include your LinkedIn web address or your portfolio if you have a website for it.

  • Objective Statement

    • Many people don’t have one anymore and that is readily accepted now. If you feel like you should have one for the job to which you are applying, it should be straightforward and apply to the job description.

    • This is essentially an abstract for the cover letter that you uniquely create for each job.

  • Education

    • List your most recent education first, whether that be your doctorate or your GED. You will want to put what you majored in if you attended college. Once you have enough experience, it is not imperative that you list your GPA. The tricky part is determining when you think you have enough experience.

    • Any study abroad experiences can be listed in this section as well.

  • Professional Experience

    • This section is the main section that will be edited for each job you apply for to display the relevant work experience that you have for the job.

    • You should not list jobs that concluded more than 10 years ago unless they are particularly relevant to your applied aim.

    • You will want to list the company, city and state, date, job title, and if you use a bullet point to describe your experience (which you should), you will need to have two bullet points describing what you did.

      • The structure in those bullet points could go something like “Created a new segment of the company’s website that had an impact of increasing traffic by 61%.”

      • You will want to include a past-tense action along with the subject, impact, and any type of metrics you can measure, all while being precise.

    • Leadership and Membership

      • Listing any relevant clubs can indicate to a recruiter that you have a life outside of work, especially if you are an officer/on the board of the organization.

    • Skills and Interest

      • Creating a shorthand way for recruiters to see what skills you already have can set you apart. If you have any certifications or unique interests, this is the place to list them!

      • Pro tip: If you are not proficient in a program, do not list it as if you are. Even though it could be more likely for you to get picked in the interview, you would be wasting everyone’s time.

    • Formatting

      • Have you placed periods behind all of your descriptions? If you do it for one you have to do it for all.

      • Do the dashes between your dates match? If one is off, a person who looks at resumes/applications all day will be able to tell.

      • Is everything bolded/italicized with consistency?

    • Keywords

      • Companies have been using systems that sift through received resumes that identify and match key words from your resume to the position the hiring manager is looking to fill. Make sure you word your descriptions craftily.

    • Reviewing

      • If your resume doesn’t use any of the same headers as the bullets listed above, that may be okay! There are many different ways to format your resume.

      • To be sure you didn’t miss anything, it is always important for you to have your peers go over your resume.

 

Many of the points in this article may seem menial, but a recruiter is looking for any reason to nix your resume from their stack. Don’t give them a reason! Make it impossible for them to not want to interview you and let Shannon Talent Solutions help you today. Contact us here.

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