Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. If you are eager to leave your current job, or excited about the prospect of ending your job search, this is the season to kick start your efforts. Make these simple improvements to your resume, and get ready to start scheduling interviews.
- Use Bullet Points – Bullet points allow you to condense more information into less space and ensure that hiring managers digest the essential features of your credentials in the limited time they spend with your resume.
- Order According to Importance – Important information should appear first. When writing out your work history, list the details of each position in the following order – title/position, name of employer, location of employer, dates of employment. Furthermore, work and education history should be listed in reverse chronological order with the most recent entries appearing at the top.
- Focus on Results – Instead of focusing on your duties and responsibilities at each position, focus on the results that you delivered. Keeping the emphasis on accomplishments positions you as valuable, not just capable.
- Eliminate Clutter – You want your resume to be easy to read, and even easier to skim. Cut out unnecessary elements like meaningless dates, parentheses, unnecessary sentence phrasing, and the words “References available upon request.”
- Use Strong, Active Language – Revise any passive language, and swap out vague words like “managed” for more attention-grabbing words like “supervised,” “coordinated,” or “optimized.”
- Stay Relevant – Only mention past responsibilities/accomplishments that directly relate to the position you are applying for.
- Format Carefully – It’s best to fit your whole resume onto one page, but resist the urge to use tiny type or cramped margins to fit everything in. Using a second page is not the end of the world if it makes the overall document look better.
- Add a Summary Section – Don’t expect hiring mangers to carefully scrutinize your resume. Help them pull out the most important information by adding a section titled “Summary of Qualifications” or “Profile.”
- Explain Jargon – There is no guarantee that the person reading your resume understands all the acronyms that you use, so be sure to write them out in full, whenever possible. Also, scrutinize your use of jargon to make sure you’re not accidentally causing confusion.
Spend just a little time making these changes, and your resume will be a lot more effective as a result. If you’re actively seeking a job, get in touch with interested employers by working with a talented staffing firm at JH Technical Services.