So, how much time did you spend compiling and writing your last resume?
If you said several hours or more, my sense is that you most probably did it right. If you, however, tweaked your last resume (even though it was 10 years old), simply adding your current position, you may have done yourself a disservice.
Prior columns have discussed putting your “good stuff’ up front, being truthful, proofing over and over again, formatting properly for your industry and position, and proper length of your resume, among others. It might be good to backtrack a bit and review the importance of doing your resume right…the first time. And the first time is every time you rewrite/edit/tweak it.
Your resume is your “entree” into a new position.
It is the document that gets you an invitation to come into an employer’s office for an interview.
Without resume edge, a document that honestly speaks to your skills, experience, and talents, it is unlikely that you will get that invitation. This is assuming, however, that you do not have a personal link to the company and the position, e.g. being best friends with the daughter/son/cousin/niece of the company president/COO/CFO. If you have that kind of connection, by all means, go for it! All is fair in love, war, and job searches.
Without a resume that honestly speaks to your skills, experience, and talents, it is unlikely that you will get that invitation. This is assuming, however, that you do not have a personal link to the company and the position, e.g. being best friends with the daughter/son/cousin/niece of the company president/COO/CFO. If you have that kind of connection, by all means, go for it! All is fair in love, war, and job searches.
Many of us put off redoing our resumes because the task seems too daunting…or maybe even too boring.
Sometimes writing about our work and what we’ve achieved is not nearly as much fun as a football game, TV show, movie or concert. But we need to put short-term pleasure behind long-term career advancement and buckle down for a few hours with our resumes.
When your resume has your full attention, be sure to look at it from all angles:
– What is it that I really want to do next?
– What skills and experience do I have that relate to this next career that I want?
-What is the best way to phrase what I’ve done and format the resume?
– Is everything that I’ve put on the resume relevant to this industry/position?
– What is this company looking for, and how can I present myself in the best light?
– Would I want to hire me if I were a hiring manager?
It’s tough to be objective when you’re writing your resume, so when you’ve completed a good first draft, have a colleague or objective friend read it over. Not so much for typos or grammar (although that type of proofreader is helpful), but for readability, comprehension, clarity in conveying your skills and how they relate to the position(s) needs. And try to accept any constructive suggestions in the way they’re intended, i.e. to help you help yourself.
Remember, your resume is your best shot at getting your foot in the door. If you can’t do that, you don’t have a shot at getting that job. And it may be the job you really want. So spend some time crafting a resume that not only shows your best stuff but also makes you proud.
Article Written By Bettie Biehn, President and Founder of Career Change Central, LLC, an excellent source for customized, well-written and attractive resumes and cover letters. Bettie’s URL for her website is www.careerchangecentralllc.com.