Will March roar in like a lion and leave like a lamb this year? The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter at the beginning of February but we are inching every closer to spring. As with many things, this is a good time of year to do the spring cleaning, and this includes your resume. How can you can dust off your current resume and better attract employers? Here are a few tips.
- Know what you’re working with. Here is where you determine just what you need to include on your resume. Focus on these three categories: hard skills, soft skills, and accomplishments. Hard skills are the specific skills that you can demonstrate such as a speaking Spanish or how fast you type. Soft skills are intangible and include customer service skills and how well you stay organized. Accomplishments show not only what you did but how you did them. For example, write about how much money you saved your last employer and how it impacted the company.
- Search and destroy the typos. One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is not going over their resume enough times to find all of the typos. Eliminate spelling mistakes and grammar errors. Go one step further and make sure all your formatting is correct. Don’t switch between things like $5,000,000 and $5 Million. Keep it consistent. Read your resume out loud and this can help you catch things you miss when look it over. Ask a friend or family member to look ti over as well.
- Eliminate catch phrases and specific language. It is important to remember that the person who reads your resume first probably doesn’t share your exact experience. Write your resume so it can be read and understood by anyone. Eliminate technical language or industry jargon and write it plainly. Also, avoid overused buzz words such as team player or multi-tasking.
- Know what to cut out. Many people spend too much time making an all-inclusive resume that describes every last job they’ve ever held. Instead, a good rule to work with is to only go back 10 years on your resume. Take out the jobs you had in high school and the list of every course you took in college. Also, makes sure to include dates for each job but eliminate them from your college experience. Also, be cautious about adding hobbies or interests. Only include things that might be useful at the job for which you are applying.
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