Via The Ladders : 4 ways to slash your resume down to one page
Slicing off bits of your resume in order to keep it to one page can be so tough. When you’ve accomplished a lot in your career, it can be difficult to pick what to remove — so here’s what to cut out.
Say goodbye to super-old positions
It’s just not worth keeping them around.
Kim Isaacs, a resume expert for Monster and founder of Advanced Career Systems, writes on Monster’s website that you should “eliminate old experience.”
“Employers are most interested in what you did recently. If you have a long career history, focus on the last 10 to 15 years. If your early career is important to your current goal, briefly mention the experience without including details. For example: Early Career: ABC Company — City, State — Assistant Store Manager and Clerk, 1980-1985,” she writes.
Watch your wording
This can make a big difference.
Lily Zhang, Manager of Graduate Student Professional Development at the MIT Media Lab, writes in The Muse that you should “shorten bullets.”
“Your bullet points are really the meat of your resume. This is where you actually talk about your experience. To ensure that people actually read them, absolutely do not let them trail on to a third line. Two lines max, but preferably one,” she writes. “To decide between one or two lines, use your space efficiently. If your bullet is one line, plus a little bit that dangles onto the next, find a way to condense your language down. Ultimately, you’re going for a dangler-free resume.”
Don’t include this line — it’s unnecessary
Pay close attention to this advice.
Alison Doyle, an author, career expert and founder and CEO of CareerToolBelt.com, writes in The Balance that you should “skip the references.”
“It’s not necessary to say ‘references available upon request’ on your resume. It’s understood that you will provide references, if required, as part of the job application process,” she writes.
Choose the right examples
This is key.
Marcelle Yeager, president of Career Valet and co-founder of ServingTalent, writes in U.S. News & World Report that you should “filter out responsibilities.”
“Employers can likely find almost exact replicas of your job descriptions by doing a Google search for your job titles. It’s your responsibility to tell them more of your story and what you are capable of,” she writes. “Replace your laundry list of duties with specific examples and the impact of your work. This is what is going to get you noticed.”
Via SunStar : Tips for a fool-proof resume
FOR those of you on the hunt for a job that will get you through these financially challenging times, and looking to create a new resume or re-hash an old one, you might want to consider these nuggets of wisdom to help you polish your ticket to the money-making train.
According to human resource specialist Karen Casalme of Bombardier Transportation Shared Services Center, the paper screening counts as the first elimination round for recruiters. “Recruiters don’t read everything there—especially when they are sifting through,” said Casalme, who appreciates a resume that is well thought of. “In most cases, the window of time I spend scanning the resume is between 10-60 seconds.”
First impressions can make or break your application. So, think of your resume like the recruiter’s first glimpse of who you are and what you have to offer to the company. Here are some key things to ponder on when devising your new resume:
1. Make it easy on the eyes—organize and itemize in ways that are appropriate.
Design your resume for “skimmability.” The presentation of key information has to be made in a way that it is easy to read and understand—not drowning in words. Casalme said: “Focus on effective communication of your value proposition. Use graphs/ratings/visual presentation to speak about your skills and other competencies.” Think of it like a written elevator pitch—you have approximately 30 seconds (tops) to catch their attention and show them why you’re the one for the job. Try asking a friend to read through your resume or maybe sleeping on it after making your first draft and reviewing it the next morning. This will help you see your resume with a fresh set of eyes and pinpoint which parts need more tweaking.
“If you’re confident you have a winning photo, put it there,” said Casalme, who also added that to eliminate aesthetic bias, it is always safe to let your credentials take precedence.
Additional tip: Pick your format wisely. Avoid inappropriate text fonts and unprofessional colors. Basic and classy sans serif or serif fonts are the safer option, and black is always the best (and probably only) color to go with.
2. Tailor-fit your resume for that certain job.
Your resume does not necessarily need to have everything in there (unless they are truly notable)—just the things that you think will help sell you as a person. Highlight the things you think are relevant to the job and avoid using generic descriptions. This makes it easier for recruiters to piece together your abilities and the abilities the job requires. According to Casalme, the certain qualities recruiters look for in resumes differ a bit depending on the role requirement. Thus, when jotting down your experiences: “Focus on the tasks and accomplishments that relate to the position applied for.”
Additional tip: Always keep a master list of all the jobs you’ve had and the things you have accomplished. This will make it easier for you to have an overview of it and pick which ones you’ll highlight for your next job application.
3. Really highlight your accomplishments.
“Seeing their accomplishments highlighted rather than just the tasks they’ve done is a green light,” said Casalme, who also mentioned the practice to put the most current experiences on top. This is called organizing your information in reverse-chronological order, which has pretty much become the standard practice when building your resume. Hiring managers will want to know what you’ve worked on most recently.
Additional tip: Following the “Above-the-Fold” Rule is to make sure that your best accomplishments and experiences are clearly visible on the top third of your resume. That section is what the recruiter or hiring manager will see first, so treat it like your hook to get them to keep reading.
4. Map out your career and job history.
The HR specialist added, “We also get drawn by the progression of their career in a company.”
Don’t just settle with writing down where you used to work. If you have any certain accomplishments within that job, don’t be afraid to note them down. If you’ve been promoted, mention your first job title when you entered the company until your current job title and maybe include the years you’ve had that title or been in that company within a parenthesis.
Additional tip: Focus on what you did in the job, not simply what the job was—there’s a difference.
5. Quantify your accomplishments.
A lot of professionals—especially in the corporate industry—speak the language of numbers. A good thing to consider would be to show them the quantifiable measurements of what you’ve accomplished. Things like: by how many percent you raised sales and exceeded goals or, maybe, how many people were impacted by your work. It shows the recruiter the goals you had and the level of work you exerted to achieve them—thus, perhaps even measuring your efficiency.
Additional tip: Use as many facts, figures and numbers as you can in your bullet points. As was said somewhere in the previous tips, you can also use graphs and charts—but always consider when any of these are appropriate to use.
In addition to all the tips mentioned above, here are some red flags to consider based on an HR specialist:
1. The job-hopper
“Spending less than one year in a company or having multiple employments within a short timeline is a red flag. I suggest, if the reason is due to the company closing down, the candidate should note that down.”
2. Poor grammar and spelling
“Some small errors are forgivable, but only when there is someone who has vouched for the candidate’s character and competency.”
3. Gaps in between employment—especially long ones.
“It’s best to write down what the candidate has been up to so that it’s not left to the prejudice and imagination of the recruiter.”
With all this is mind, you are now probably ready to cook up a killer resume that hiring managers and recruiters won’t be able to resist. What are you waiting for? Get to writing—and don’t forget to save it as a PDF so as to keep your resume format the way you made it to be.
Via The Ladders : What a recruiter actually cares about seeing on you resume
In my eight years as a recruiter at an investment bank, I reviewed thousands of resumes. I’ve seen and learned a lot, from the importance of proofreading to the art of formatting. It’s enough to know that there isn’t one acceptable format or approach to creating an awesome resume.
There are, however, a few key strategies that can make your resume more effectively do what you intend it to: Catch someone’s eye, clearly communicate your qualifications, and help move you on to the next stage of the hiring process. You’re selling yourself and the value you can bring to an organization. Here are my top tips for using your resume as a marketing tool that will help you catch a recruiter’s eye.
1. Follow the one-page rule
You’ve likely heard this one before, and for good reason: It’s real! Recruiters review very large numbers of resumes and will likely make an initial determination about your fit for a role based on a quick scan. If locating the relevant information about your background requires turning the page, we very well might miss it and move on.
Note: There are a few exceptions. If you hold a PhD and need to cite relevant work (like published papers), for example, there may be an argument for a second page. No matter what, though, strive to keep your résumé short, clean, and relevant to the position for which you’re applying.
2. Play with formatting
If the one-page rule is proving challenging, start by making some simple formatting changes. Narrow your margins, restructure your header to span fewer lines, and reduce the indentations of any bullet points. Speaking of which, to make sure your key skills and experiences jump off the page, organize your content into brief, bulleted sentences or phrases instead of paragraphs.
While you’re at it, proofread and proofread again. Ask yourself: Are all fonts and font sizes uniform? Are all dates abbreviated the same way? Do titles and positions line up properly? Your résumé is a sample of your work product and your attention to detail. Be certain that you are representing yourself well.
3. Curate your content
Often, the biggest challenge is deciding what to actually include on your resume. Use the job description of the position you’re applying for to guide you, and don’t be afraid to make tweaks for each application. Your résumé should highlight your relevant education, skills you’ve learned on the job, and the value you’d bring to the target organization. For each role you include, highlight projects in which you demonstrated leadership or accomplished something significant, being as specific and quantitative as possible. Did you lead an initiative that resulted in a 10 percent reduction in annual marketing spend? Or develop a program that led to 2X growth in membership to an employee resource group?
Most importantly, do not exaggerate. Anything on your résumé is fair game for an interviewer to grill you about and to ask your references to back up. The quickest way to end your chances of getting a job is to give a recruiter a reason to question your integrity.
4. Show off your personality
Beyond your education and professional experience, personal interests can help your résumé stand out. For one, organizations want to work with interesting, passionate people, so whether you’re an avid soccer player, mountain climber, Eagles fan, or trombonist, don’t be afraid to show some personality. If you’re involved with any organizations, highlight those experiences as well, noting any relevant leadership positions. Interests can also help you connect with interviews on a personal level – which matters!
Finally, interests can serve as real estate for you to demonstrate those often harder-to-gauge qualities companies may be looking for. Curate your list wisely, and if you think you don’t have room to include hobbies and interests, take a closer look at the other skills and attributes you’ve chosen to highlight. While hard skills like Advanced C++, SQL, and fluency in a foreign language are crucial, soft skills like being “hardworking” and “a team player” don’t add much value. Revert back to the golden “show, don’t tell” rule and swap out those adjectives in favor of experiences and commitments that help tell the story of who you are and what you bring to the boardroom table.
Via Chic Resumes : Resume Writing Tips for New College Graduates
You’ve taken your last final, written your last paper, donned your cap and gown, and finally have your degree in hand. Now that you’ve graduated from college, it’s time to jump into the workforce and put all of that education and training to use. But it can be hard to figure out what exactly to write on your resume since you’re just starting out in your career and may not have much experience to point to.
It’s likely that you have more experience than you think. Don’t overlook the value of volunteer work, work-study jobs, clubs you were part of, or freelance work you took on. These can all lend themselves to a variety of accomplishments and skill sets. Did you manage the drama club’s budget? Lead a group in sorting donations or serving meals at a community organization? Build a website for your accounting professor? Try to look at your experiences from the perspective of relevant skills and accomplishments that can show why you would be a good fit for the company.
Do your research
It can be tempting to apply for every job opening you find that you might be remotely qualified for, but resist this urge. You’re better off figuring out what types of roles you want to do and tailoring your resume to these positions. Spend time reading a variety of job descriptions so you know what keywords to include, what desirable skills you possess, and what areas you may be lacking in. Then look for opportunities to build up these areas, such as taking an online training course, or finding a volunteer position where you can gain hands-on experience.
Don’t overdo it
Hiring managers recognize that new graduates often have limited experience. Don’t try to stretch your resume to two or three pages by filling it with fluff if you can concisely convey necessary information in a single page. For instance, you don’t need to list every course you’ve taken. However, if you were very active in college and have several jobs or projects to highlight, don’t hesitate to do so as long as they add value to your resume.
Polish up your professional image
It’s time to ditch the “partygurl123” or “beachbum4ever” email address when it comes to your resume. Keep those addresses for personal use, but create something more professional for your job search. Using your first and last name or a combination of your initials or profession is usually a safe bet. Think “JohnSDoe” or “JDoeCPA”.
Don’t forget to look at your social media presence too. Clean up your Facebook or Twitter profile. Delete pictures or untag yourself in questionable content. And don’t forget to start a LinkedIn profile so that you can begin building your professional network, scoping out job opportunities, and making connections.
Via The Ladders : How to address an employment gap in your resume
You made it to the interview, but you know there’s a glaring employment gap on your resume. Here’s how to talk about it the right way.
Don’t be sorry about your story
This isn’t a good idea.
Kim Isaacs, Resume Writing Services Director and Resume Writer at Resume Power and former Monster Resume Expert, writes on the Monster site about why this is important to keep in mind.
“If you’ve been out of work because you raised a family, continued your education, cared for a sick family member, or recovered from an injury, be sure your tone is not apologetic. There’s nothing wrong with being out of work for whatever reason, and a negative attitude might affect your resume’s quality,” she writes.
How to talk about taking time off to travel
Be sure to focus on the right things.
Sjoerd Gehring, the Global Head of Recruiting at Johnson & Johnson, writes in The Muse about how to talk about a gap caused by you resigning to backpack around the world.
“The key with this one is to focus on how traveling contributed to your personal development, rather than how much fun you had schlepping around the world with nothing but a backpack and a smile. If you took on any paid or volunteer work during this time, concentrate your response on the additional personal and professional skills it’s given you,” he writes.
Don’t badmouth a former workplace
This is never a good idea.
Bronwen Hann, President and Senior Partner at Argentus Supply Chain Recruiting, writes on LinkedIn that you need to “keep it positive when talking about why you left your job before the gap.”
“Explanations that scream: ‘I didn’t like my previous employer’ don’t look good. Hiring managers might just ask why you didn’t wait to find a new job before quitting your old one, especially because it’s easier to find a new job when you’re already working,” she writes.
Make sure you’re super prepared to talk about your strengths
If you don’t, who will?
Alison Doyle, a career expert, author and founder and CEO of CareerToolBelt.com, writes about this in The Balance.
“In all instances where you need to account for a gap, you should share as much concrete evidence of your success in the jobs prior to the gap and after you resumed employment. Itemize your accomplishments by referring to situations where you intervened, specific actions you took and the results you generated,” she writes. “Emphasize how your company benefited from your role. If possible, secure recommendations from supervisors to support the explanation you plan to give during the interview.”