A key factor is to update your resume to a more modern format. Styles have changed over the past decade, so what was considered “correct” in the past is not needed anymore. Like it or not, most recruiters and hiring managers are going to spend about 15 seconds looking at your resume, so you need to use that time well.
Here are a few tips to help you bring your resume up to date.
- Either significantly edit your objective statement, or get rid of it. This is normally where you would describe what type of job YOU are looking for. Companies today generally do not care what they can do for you; they are concerned with what you can do for them. Let this be the one place you let them know this is your interview too!
- List achievements instead of responsibilities. Employers would rather read about what you have accomplished vice what you were responsible for. Swap those long, boring lists of responsibilities for a dynamic list of what makes you such a great catch.
- Treat your resume as a 15-second sales pitch. Because that is essentially what it is. If you could have 15 seconds to speak with the person responsible for filling the position, what would you say? Now take that thought process and apply it to your resume.
If you find you have trouble talking about yourself, consider using the services of an experienced resume writer. It’s often hard for us to be objective about ourselves and often, having someone else write about our achievements is the best way to get them presented effectively. The best place to begin is with a comprehensive resume review. Begin HERE!