Spring Cleaning for Your Resume
By Makenzie Cafaro
The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and you are ready for a change. You want to take a step forward in your career. You want a new job.
When you are putting together your resume for the first time or updating an old one, it is important to remember that details matter. When a hiring manager looks at your resume, they want to see a clear and concise listing of your qualifications.
Here are some tips:
Keep your wording short and to the point.
Hiring managers look at dozens of resumes each day. Sorting through flowery language and long descriptions is sure to be a “PASS”.
Always, always, always check your spelling and grammar.
There is nothing that says unprofessional like a resume with typo’s and grammatical errors. If you didn’t take the time to spell check your resume, what kind of job should I expect you’ll do?
Don’t add graphics and fancy headings to your resume, it’s distracting!
Again, hiring managers are sifting through dozens of resumes and while you want yours to stand out, you do not want it to take away from your qualifications. No one ever got a job based on the font their resume was in. People get jobs because of their qualifications!
List ALL of your qualifications. Imagine people searching your resume for keywords.
When employers search websites like Careerbuilder.com and Monster.com, they are searching for keywords. If you have skills that set you apart from the rest of the applicants, LIST THEM!
Make sure and list your dates of employment. If you have had a lapse in employment, explain why.
Employers want to know where you have worked, how long you have worked there and if you only worked there for a short time, why. When dates are left off of resumes, it’s a red flag that there might be something the applicant is trying to hide.
As a recruiter, professionalism is the first thing I look for in a candidate. I want to see that the candidate took the time to check their spelling and grammar, and I want to see that they have customized their resume for the specific job they are seeking. It’s easier for me to believe in a candidate who believes in themselves. Someone that believes in actively pursuing their personal success!
M Force Staffing