Upgrade Your Resume
by Linda Matias of www.careerstrides.com
Sometimes a little goes a long
way. With a few minor adjustments, your resume can be improved to the
point where it ends up in the callback pile as opposed to the trash bin.
There are common mistakes many people make when writing their own
resumes, but there are ways to fix or avoid resume blunders and ensure
your resume will be read.
Revamp the format
Resume templates are a
killer—the worst thing ever to be invented. Since just about every
jobseeker uses a MS Word template, the result is that too many resumes
have the same look and feel, making it difficult for the reader to
differentiate between candidates. When searching for a job, the last
thing you want to be is an ordinary, run-of-the-mill applicant.
A distinctive resume format will
not only make you stand out from the competition, but make you look more
qualified and organized. In truth, how your resume looks is as important
as how it reads.
Stick to what is relevant
hiring managers don’t put much weight on outdated accomplishments, your
resume should focus on your last 10–15 years of employment. In addition,
there is no need to flesh out jobs that aren’t relevant. Eliminating old
and irrelevant jobs will provide you with the opportunity to focus on
your career objective, making the resume easier to read and less
Are you copying resume text from
resume books, websites, or even your friend’s resume? Though you can use
those resources as a guide, simply copying the information isn’t a smart
move. Chances are you won’t be the only one replicating the work of
others and once again, you won’t stand out from the crowd.
Mix it up a bit
If you find that your resume is written either in paragraph style or in bulleted style only, consider
mixing it up a bit. Use a combination of the two. Spell out your
responsibilities in a paragraph and mark your achievements in bulleted
statements. This formula allows the reader to quickly scan your resume
and pick up relevant information quickly. Below is an example:
Promoted to oversee development of corporate/consumer sales and
implementation collateral, leading team in building brand awareness
across different lines of business. Developed marketing plans and
maintained new product/business requirements. Previously managed staff
of 22 sales representatives in providing payroll access products and
services, with total deposits of $1.5 billion and 312,000 accounts. As
Business Manager, monitored 17 sites (with 1 million check cashing
volumes annually) and supervised team of 45.
Strategic Marketing – Created New Hire
Orientation Kits, Refer a Friend Program, Cafeteria Marketing and Direct
Mail Campaign to continuously attract new consumer accounts. Directed
content upgrade for Corporate Intranet Program to WFS Website.
Business Development – Grew fee-based
revenue from $1 million to $1.8 million and spearheaded development of
Integrated Sales Process to steer focus towards new business
acquisition/expansion and customer retention.
Internal Team Building – Served
on Diversity Council and Channel Integration Team, Transaction
Management Project to further company efforts in creating unified,
Operational Improvement –
Directed openings of 5 standalone CTCC sites; streamlined operations by
improving audits/controls, reducing operating losses, closing 3
non-productive sites, re-deploying resources, and recommending
subsequently adopted business – branch system integration.
Your resume determines the tone
of your job search. With these quick tips in mind, revisit your resume
including the layout, verbiage, and overall structure. Then determine if
your resume needs a tweak or a complete overhaul.
Certified in all three areas of the job search—Certified Interview
Coach ™ (CIC), Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC), and Nationally
Certified Resume Writer (NCRW)—Linda Matias is qualified to assist you
in your career transition, whether it be a complete career makeover,
interview preparation, or resume assistance. She is also the author of
"How to Say It: Job Interviews" (Prentice Hall, August 2007). You can
contact Linda Matias at linda @ careerstrides.com or visit her Website
www.careerstrides.com for additional career advice and to view
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