How Can I Upgrade My Resume to Get Better Results? | Job Search Radio

I’ve coalesced a lot of my thinking about writing a great resume into into a single answer.

 

 

Summary

The question for today is:

"How do you upgrade your resume to improve your job search?"

I want to make sure that we cover both cosmetics and content on the show..

1. A reasonable font size. You have to remember that a lot of people who are going to be reading your resume are older than you are. If you are in your 20s. You cannot go to an 8 point font. Work with at least 12. Use bullet pointut don't but overuse them. Fonts? I happen to like Calibri , but Georgia works well. Helvetica works well. Think in terms of an attractive font in that size.

2. Don't overuse bolding. You can pick bolding at particular times, but don't use it so overwhelmingly throughout your resume. If you are applying for a job that requires a particular skill or skill set, that is where you bold it as well as the names of organizations in your titles.

3. In terms of the header of the resume, don't embed it. Have your name there, your city, state and ZIP Code. Include phone numbers where you are reachable. Yes, make sure you check those phone numbers for messages. And respond to all of them.

4. When you are talking about role and responsibilities and accomplishments, make sure that you include metrics in your resume in terms of dollars saved and/or dollars earned. If that is not viable,, you might compare yourself to others and talk about something like, "Handled13% more (fill in the blank) than the average." That gives people aperspective that you are above average, and that you think in the language of business which is numbers.

5. Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are congruent.

6. Customize your resume to each individual position.

I want to make sure that you understand. No one looks at her resume as a document anymore. They are not printing out your resume and reading it intently. They are taking at most 6 seconds, two page-downs (8, page-down is when you hit your page down button on your keyboard. 2 is the most). If they get too far back in your history, they may only go back one. No one really cares about what you did in 1980 if that is what you page downs is. They care about things that you have done more recently. Those have to be strengthened and powerful and demonstrate your fit for the position involved and need to do it quickly.

If you don't, no one is ever going to find it later on in your resume to determine that you have done that kind of work. That's because the experience will be considered "too old."

Those are a few basic steps to improve your resume and and to make sure that it gets a hiring firm's attention.

7. Last point you're going to repeat something.  Customize your resume to demonstrate your fit and match with the job description.  Make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile are congruent.

 

​If you have a question about job hunting, email me at JobSearchRadio@gmail.com. I can’t answer every question . . . but you knew that!

Do you think employers are trying to help you?Last point and I’m going to repeat something.  Customize your resume to match the position description that you are applying for.  To ensure that you hit all the points.  Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is congruent with that customization.

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday. The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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