Not everything ages well.
Take resume advice, as an example.
Advice on improving your management resume can get stale.
Despite the flood of advice, many people remain confused about how best to modernize and write their best management resumes.
One challenge is that the one-size-fits-all resume advice discounts that not all careers are alike; not all education levels are alike; not all skill levels are alike.
In short, not all management resumes should be alike.
Also, for job seekers to conduct a successful job search in today’s job market, they need also need to realize the job-search landscape has changed dramatically in a few short years.
5 Easy Ways For Improving Your Management Resume
To create an effective resume, be certain your resume is written for today’s audience, not a 1980s or 1990s hiring audience.
1. Be aware of CERTAIN words that make recruiters and hiring managers cringe.
Indeed published a list of words to avoid when writing your management resume. Essentially, these words are self-serving, overused terms that few like reading anymore. For example, “outside-the-box thinker” and “self-starter.” Other words to avoid include:
Maybe you are all of these, but including them (and other) overused buzzwords won’t convince employers to grant you interviews.
Forgo the use of these words in favor of specific examples of accomplishments that demonstrate evidence of those traits in action.
Without the “show,” employers have little use for the tell.
So, can you relay to employers that you are a passionate, detail-oriented, and motivated team player?
This is where accomplishments come into play.
Tell employers what you did to show your passion … your attention to detail … your motivation level … your experience driving team performance.
Take these examples into consideration:
- (Example of Passion) Piloted and sought funding for a new emergency response program that assisted more than 1,000 displaced workers caught in Hurricane Sandy. Secured $261,000 in corporate donations to complement the company’s $750,000 contribution that supplied temporary housing, clothing, and food to employees.
- (Example of Detail-Oriented Behavior) Identified a $51,000 accounting discrepancy expected to cost the company thousands in IRS tax fines/late fees. Implemented additional auditing systems and cross-training to staff to safeguard against future accounting errors.
- (Example of Team Performance) Implemented advanced Scrum framework to the IT team, which improved software deliverability and improved overall team performance.
Remember, it’s not about telling employers you’re hardworking, strategic, and so on.
It’s about giving hiring managers the “proof” that you are these things.
Makes sense, right?
2. Understand ATS and AI hiring.
When applying for a job, do you know what happens when it gets uploaded to a company website, LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, or wherever?
In the past few years, we’ve heard a lot about applicant tracking systems.
Haven’t heard about applicant tracking systems?
Well, ATS software works a lot like Google search.
Let’s pretend for a moment that you and I need to hire a Marketing Manager.
When you conduct a search, you might simply input “marketing manager.”
When I conduct a search, I might input this instead: “multimedia digital manager.”
If you haven’t noticed, KEYWORDS are highly relevant when writing your resume.
Every resume you write should be written for two audiences.
It should be written for…
- Computer eyes (e.g. ATS systems)
- Human eyes
Use the right keywords.
And, be ATS friendly.
But, let’s take ATS one step further.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Recruitment is essentially hiring 2.0.
Some of the best features that the next-gen ATS offers is the ability to better:
- Screen resumes and shortlists better candidates
- Sources candidates and centralizes data
But, AI recruitment software doesn’t stop there.
AI recruitment looks at other sources as well and essentially “grades” job candidates from a collection of data.
We’re seeing this in action with LinkedIn’s competitive intelligence data that’s being offered to Premium members.
Yet, AI software takes this competitive data one step further.
For example, it analyzes candidate:
- Employer data
- Skills that are in the public forum (e.g. LinkedIn, portfolio sites)
- Online mentions in search (e.g. press releases, media mentions)
3. Don’t use outdated and old-fashioned resume layouts.
If you are afraid of trying something new, how will you ever stand out from other job seekers?
There are 3 primary resume layouts:
Forget about the functional.
Approximately 99.5% of the jobseeking population use either a chronological or combination resume layout.
So, which of the two should you use?
Chances are a chronological layout is the right one for you.
But, there’s the boring chronological resume layout and then there’s the “spiced up” chronological layout.
See the below before and after example.
Both of these management resumes are chronological.
But, the “after” version has a lot more body and visual appeal. It also contains relevant keywords, accomplishments, and so on.
Why use a spiced up “after” version?
A revised layout like this one gives readers a pattern interrupt.
After viewing a boring layout, giving readers something new to look at attracts a more attentive mind.
This version also gives individuals the ability to better skim the relevant content.
Think about it.
Do you consume more content when it’s presented in paragraph form or broken up by category, bullets points?
4. Jazz it up.
Resumes are now in color.
Sure, certain career fields will always prefer only black and standard Times New Roman font.
However, many more industries appreciate creativity.
When learning more about ATS systems, you’ll quickly discover that there is quite a bit of design you can integrate into a resume that “doesn’t play well” with ATS systems.
Though, consider that not all hiring companies use ATS.
Therefore, this gives you the freedom to add visual elements with limited negative repercussions.
A little touch of color, a tasteful, well-placed graphic, and different font selection can do wonders.
You can view a few additional resume examples that show are creative flair.
5. Create a big impact with visually engaging snippets of important information.
What this means is that you should be putting your “best career stuff” up front.
For example, are you:
- Award Winning
- High Achieving
- Uniquely Skilled
Within the top section of all your job-search documents, ALWAYS tell readers about what makes you ideal and unique.
Check out these two example resume summaries:
Notice how certain achievements are bolded or listed in such a way that they attract attention.
But, don’t stop there.
Take this example into consideration as well:
This management resume has “Turnaround Expert; Brought Operation to #1 in Market Share” listed in an unlikely place.
Although this bit of advice isn’t ATS-compliant, it’s a neat tactic for those you know who are going to read your resume.
Anyone skimming this person’s resume will immediately see this impressive achievement.
Put all your “career goodness” in highly noticeable locations in your resume.
Leveraging unique, advanced resume techniques like these will go a long way to helping your management resume stand out.