Graduation arrives and with it comes a flurry of activity and opportunity.
When a recruiter calls, the last thing you want to worry about is your resume.
A summary of your professional life, your resume should be polished, proofed and prove that you are the pre-eminent applicant for the position.
Over the years, I’ve read a multitude of resumes and have a few recommendations:
- It’s time to change your email address. Mistyeyes@, flirtE@ or PrtyBoy@ may express your personality but it’s probably not the best email address to inspire a recruiter to read the resume any further. Simplicity is key – first initial last name or first name.last name work best: jdoe@ or john.doe@.
- PLEASE DON’T WRITE A RESUME IN ALL CAPS. No-one likes to be yelled at.
- U r not texting me. Eliminate abbreviations and use whole words.
- Do not use multiple fonts. It’s confusing and hard on the eyes.
- Include your dates of employment. Recruiters are not good at guessing and a lack of information makes us wonder if you’re hiding something.
- Eliminate the word ‘Drive’. On resumes, I often see: drive sales, drive production or drive people. Last I checked – sales, production and people do not have wheels. Managed, administered, oversaw or took charge of are better choices.
I highly recommend proofreading your resume. If you won’t take the time to review your resume, why should an employer? A pair of fresh eyes is a good idea, so have someone else read the resume as well.
The following examples indicate that a resume wasn’t checked:
- I demand a salary commiserate with my experience
- I was working with my mom till she moved
- Reason left previous employer: Maturity leave
- Advised on weather or not to…
Using an objective on a resume is a personal preference up for debate. If you choose to use one, avoid being vague and saying something like:
“I’d like to find a challenging role where I can use my skills for a profitable company with room to grow.”
When I read this objective, a few questions come to mind:
- Could you be more general?
- How do you want to grow?
- What skills does this person really have?
- What is this person’s definition of challenging?
Be succinct, use detail and entice the reader in continuing further.
Resume writing can be a daunting task. It may also be iterative as you fine-tune to your final version. If you use the tools available, manage your time effectively and provide solid, quantifiable examples of your work – you will produce a solid resume.