In WNY, autumn brings out flannels, cider…and motivated job seekers. After a relaxing summer, we all could use a few resume refreshers. Whether you are looking for a new job or not, it’s always smart to keep your résumé updated. Although it’s important to make sure the information is current, it’s also significant to make sure the format and verbiage are up-to-date. Here are 5 clean-up tips to get your résumé noticed this fall season.
Ditch the Wacky Layout
Trade in your artsy design for a clean, easy-to-read layout. When applying online, most résumés are electronically entered into an applicant tracking system. If your résumé is in a unique format, the system will not be able to read your information, essentially throwing out your résumé from contention before it even gets to the hiring manager. Stick with a formal format, one easy to read font, consistent spacing throughout, and ensure all bullet points are perfectly aligned.
Trim it Down
Less is more. Take out anything that is not related to your current career goals. This includes hobbies, school clubs, related coursework, common sense skills, and internships, unless you have a minimal work history. If you have had many positions, take off anything that is older than 15 years, if possible. You should also move your education to the bottom and take off graduation dates if your degree isn’t current. All of this excess information is taking away from what you really need the hiring authority to read. Simplify job duties in bulleted lists and try to list accomplishments rather than the obvious responsibilities.
Scratch the Objective Statement
Stating an objective on your résumé takes up valuable space and is old-fashioned. You applied to the company’s open position, so they already know what you are seeking. Instead, include a brief executive summary stating what you can do for the company, rather than what they can do for you. Keep it short, but sell yourself as to why you would be a good fit. You want to make the top section of your résumé as informative as possible. You have about three seconds to impress before the hiring manager moves on.
Steer Clear of the Clichés
Hiring managers see the same clichés on every résumé. Hard worker, reliable, and team player are a few of the overused words that cause you to sound insincere and fake. To stand out from the crowd, use genuine action words followed by real life examples such as managed, created, and achieved. It’s also helpful to replace the worn-out words with key words from the job description of the position you are applying for. The applicant tracking system will be seeking out these words, moving your résumé to the next stage of the process.
Separate your References
The famous line “References available upon request” is no longer needed. If the hiring manager or recruiter would like your references, they’ll ask for them. Have these ready to go on a separate document.
Don’t let your outdated résumé ruin your chances of landing a new position this fall. Key Resource Group has several open positions that could be the perfect fit for you!