If you’re still sending resumes that simply re-hash your job duties, it’s going to be hard to stand out in this economy. Your resume pages (usually one or two at the most) should be considered valuable real estate. Any words or phrases that don’t pull their weight should be eliminated so you can fill the space with accomplishments.
I recently attended a webinar delivered by Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark, two career coaches with impressive credentials. They delivered a class for other career coaches on the finer points of writing resumes. Even after more than 16 years of experience in writing resumes, I learned a lot. Here are some ideas I think every jobseeker should incorporate into a resume.
Employers are using scanning technology and key word internet searches to find the best candidates for their needs. Specific phrases with quantitative proofs will help you get found; think of it as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for your career.
Most jobseekers know that an error on your resume will prevent you from becoming a serious candidate for a job. It’s pretty easy to make sure your resume is immaculate; it’s only one document. But for every resume you send out, you probably send dozens of email and other electronic correspondence.
LinkedIn’s most overused resume terms include “team player,” “motivated” and “dynamic.”
The chronological resume is the gold standard of formats; it gives your job history in an easy to read format, and it’s the choice of recruiters everywhere. This recession has made many workers rethink their careers and retrain for new ones, and that means that they need a new format to market their skills. Enter the Functional Resume – a way to talk more about what you can do, and less about what you’ve done in the past.
Many jobseekers are impatient with the application process – especially established workers with a resume in hand. “Why even bother?” they’ll ask. “Can’t I just write in ‘See resume?’”?
The answer is no, for a couple of good reasons.
Have the rules changed for corporate dress? Young workers and jobseekers seem to think so. “The idea that you have to wear hose and heels to the office every day died a decade ago,” one 20-something staffer told me. “In Florida? In July? I don’t think so!”
Unfortunately, even good resumes get overlooked, lost, or discarded due to jobseekers’ errors in judgment. Based on formal and informal discussions with hiring managers, here are some common mistakes that can sink your chances of getting noticed among dozens of resumes.