6 Easy Ways to Fix Your Resume Right NOW
Content is the key when it comes to the resume. I state this over and over again because it is the biggest failure people make. But, there are some simple principles all decent resumes should have in common and are easy to correct. Here's a quick hit list to help you improve your resume right this minute:
1. Objectives are obsolete. It's an outdated practice that makes your resume look anything but modern and takes away from the actual direction of the document: to articulate value not request the employer give you value. This isn’t Match.com; stop begging for a job soul mate! This is such an essential point that there's a whole blog post on it!
2. Do not place a date on your degrees unless they are within the last five years. The date isn't relevant unless you are entry-level or just completed a degree within the past five years. Anything past that ages you in the eyes of an employer, which potentially does, more harm than good. This is especially important for mature job seekers.
3. Stop putting your references on your resume. These have no place on a resume, and you should be waiting for an employer to request your references before ever offering them. Job Etiquette 101.
4. Cease writing in all paragraphs. Your resume should be easy to skim quickly with a recruiter gathering key points in six seconds flat. Writing a novel about what you did for each job does not fit this goal. Bullet points are your best friend. It's okay to have a paragraph for your profile summary (2-3 sentences max), but it should end there. The best resumes cut right to the quick and utilize bullet points to direct the reader to key information and accomplishments. Paragraphs tire the eyes and often land resumes in the trash bin because no one has time to extract your value from a lengthy document.
5. Leave off your high school diploma. If you are not going on to further education, you may need to place this on your resume to prove you meet a job requirement. If you have gone on to college or further, please leave your high school diploma off your resume. It is unnecessary and doesn't bring any value to the document. If you have a college degree, it is assumed that you went to high school. It doesn't matter if you graduated after four years or received a GED; once you are in the higher degree programs (technical, associates, or otherwise) it's no longer necessary for you to include your high school diploma information.
6. No more tiny font. Size 8, 9, and even 10 size fonts are quite difficult to read. Cramming all your info in a 9-size font, single-spaced document lands it in the garbage. Are you trying to give the HR Director vision problems? That certainly won’t win them over. If it isn’t easy to read, no one will!