To family and friends, I've always been the resume girl. You need someone to proofread your resume and offer advice? You call Julia. My boyfriend even had a manager tell him that his resume (that I made him rewrite and heavily edit) was the reason he got hired. And you know what I've noticed in my years of hiring? A lot of people have no idea how to write a resume! However, all is not lost. Here's my top 5 tips on how to fix your resume:
1. Keep it Brief
Your resume is a marketing document, not a biography. There is no need for you to have more than two pages. In the first 5 years of your career? Then you probably don't need more than one! You r resume should show the highlights of your career, not a detailed description of every detail of your prior employment.
2. Get Rid of Your Objective
In all my years of hiring, I can confidently say that I've never seen an objective that added to a person's application. In most cases, it simply tells me that they are interested in the job that they applied for- or that they are not if the objective states a job other than the one they're applying for. I know you want the job, that's why you applied. Skip the objective and leave that space for more valuable info.
3. Focus on Accomplishment, not Responsibilities
The best way to frame your experience is in what you accomplished, not the day-to-day tasks you completed. So instead of "sold spa memberships," say "maintained a 25% sales closing on spa memberships and coached others to increase their sales." Make it objective and measurable. Numbers or outcomes are ideal!
4. Use Skills Mindfully
Most skills sections tell me things that I could learn from your accomplishments instead. Want to show me you're detail-oriented? Tell me about a project you completed with 100% accuracy and write me an error-free cover letter. Don't just list "detail-oriented" or "proficient in Microsoft office" under skills- I have no way to verify that. The one exception to this is fields like computer science where you need to list skills like programming languages. However, for most of us, leave this section off.
5. Keep it Relevant
Don't be afraid to remove details that aren't going to help your candidacy. I likely don't need to know your GPA five years after graduation, and your love of knitting may not be relevant to your PR job. Do keep in mind transferable skills though- your work in a library may show your organizational skills and that year in fast-food shows that you work hard and are great at customer service.
With these 5 tips, you can revamp your resume and have a successful job hunt! Comment below with one thing you're going to change on your resume today.
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