Not everything ages well.
Take resume advice, as an example. Some of the resume advice you might have heard just 5 years ago could very well be beyond its expiration date. Conflicting and outdated resume advice is easy to find within a matter of minutes with a simple internet search.
Despite all the advice, many people continue to be confused with how to best approach the writing of their 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 resumes should be alike.
Also, for job seekers to successfully job search in today’s job market, they need also need to realize resumes have changed dramatically in the past few years.
5 Easy Ways to Improve 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 in your resume that will make recruiters and hiring managers cringe.
Maybe you are all of those things, but including these (and other) overused buzzwords will not convince an employer to grant you an interview.
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.
2. Understand how the hiring process works.
Do you know what happens to your resume after it leaves your computer when applying for a job?
For better or worse, when you apply for a job online, all to often your resume will first be “seen” by computer eyes — an ATS, applicant tracking systems — before being seen by a person’s eyes.
Every value-based resume should be written with this two-fold purpose in mind.
If your resume is not written with that in mind, it may not ever be seen by a human. So, including keywords and making it ATS friendly is important, as is making it easy for a hiring manager to capture key points from a quick scan of your resume.
ADDITIONAL READING ABOUT APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS (ATS):
- Intro to Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS): Getting Started
- Learn How ATS Systems Parse Your Information, So You Can Position Yourself as a Better Job Candidate
- How to Better Set Up Your Resume to Comply With ATS Systems, So You Get More Interviews
- 15-Point ATS Checklist To Help You Get Around ATS Systems
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 Don’t use outdated and old-fashioned resume layouts.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?
Decide whether the resume layout you’re currently using is doing you any favors.
How many others are using the same thing?
4. Jazz it up.
Yes, certain career fields will always prefer the black and white, Times New Roman resume; however, many more industries appreciate some 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 more than 2/3 of ALL companies DO NOT use an ATS system, which gives you the freedom to add visual elements to your resume with limited negative repercussions.
A little touch of color, a tasteful, well-placed graphic, and different font selection can do wonders to help stylize your resume.
5. Create a big impact with visually engaging snippets of important information.
Don’t make employers and recruiters hunt for gold, while reading your resume.
Give your resume to hiring authorities with a professional summary section right at the top of the page, with caption-style text that draws the reader’s eyes to it.
Also, be sure to keep your management resume clean of excessive, irrelevant details. Be sure to check out this article on how to dejunk your management resume and avoid being a resume hoarder.