Let’s start the new year off productively. It’s been a while since I’ve written about resume writing. Here’s some more information to get you going on your job search.
More Tips On How To Write/Update Your Resume Successfully
Does Your Experience Justify Your Length?
One of my key struggles has always been with the length of the resume. Although you may think in terms of “bigger is better” that is not the case in the world of resumes. If you have had only 2-3 years of experience at the same job, you should have a single page resume. At maximum, a 2-page resume should be the maximum for senior management. If you’re having spacing issues on your resume, try tightening up by deleting items that are not relevant to the job description of the position your interviewing for. Sometimes, when companies call for resumes, they specify length. Be sure to follow those guidelines.
Read The Job Description
You need to know the job you are interviewing for. What are their needs? What will be expected of you? Answer these and cater your resume to those needs. Edit as you see fit. You need to sell your skills and prove you are the best fit for the position.
Are You In The Right Order?
Your resume should read from your most recent position to your first position ever held. Dates are important so be sure to list them and if you’ve held various positions include those dates too. List everything the same way to reduce any confusion or inconsistencies.
Editing your resume can be tedious, but you’ll be glad you did it once those phone calls start pouring in! Do you know someone who is in a senior management position, or even better, works for the HR department of a company? Pick their brain for a while and even slip them a copy to slice and dice, it’ll only work to your benefit.