I wrote a few pieces lately on finding a new job and going through the interview process and in these articles I touched briefly on the resume process.
However, after posting the last blog about the resume I recieved a few additional emails that caught my attention and really made me reconsider my position on resumes.
I have always dreaded this little piece of paper. I worry that what I put on print will not come out accurately when in the hands of the potential employer. I would much rather meet with someone face to face than have them only see my words. It is during this initial. meeting that I feel I really connect with people. But if I am to meet with the potential employer, I need to do one thing – send in a stellar resume that really grabs their attention.
If you are heading back to the workforce or just interested in honing your resume so that it shines the next time you need it to do so, Revi Goldwasser, founder of Interview Secrets from a Wall Street Recruiter, shared these tips to help create a resume that speaks to the employer.
- Give your resume a professional name. Before you submit it via email, name it something like Kathy Murdock’s Resume rather than resume1.doc or draftresume.doc. Hiring managers look at this, so make it professional.
- Send your resume out to jobs even if they are a month old. Let’s face it – not all jobs become filled right away. Just because a job was posted a month ago does not mean they’ve found the right candidate, so send your resume off even if you think it may have been up too long.
- Include your GPA if it is 3.0 or higher. Says Goldwasser, “This tip is not just for college grads, but for those with 1-10 years of experience.”
- Review your social media ties, and make them appropriate, before sending out the resume. While it’s fun to post crazy things on your Facebook and Twitter accounts, that may not always stick well with your potential boss. Goldwasser says that managers today are looking for you online before calling you in for an interview, so if you’ve been having a little too much fun on the social media boards, clean up any information that might not be appropriate before you even send out that resume.
Several additional tips shared by other managers and interviewers include:
- Have someone create a professional looking resume for you if you can’t do one yourself – the money will be well spent once you land the job, and a good resume is not as attractive as a great resume.
- Consider your past employment and if you have been out of the workforce a while, rather than using a chronological resume which will show a gap in employment use one that shows your experience instead.
- Include things that you have done even if you are staying at home, such as developing your child’s dance recital program or creating a website for your son’s class – even if these were not paid duties.