a strong resume will inspire success.
If your resume is getting interviews, then don't worry about rewriting or re-tweaking your resume. It's already working! If you are just getting started or haven't had enough success getting interviews, hopefully these tips are useful.
If you only get one thing from this article, here it is: Your resume is a sales presentation, not a job application. Share just enough relevant information to get interviews. This is about storytelling: who are you, and what can you bring? The better your story, the better the result. Everything on your resume should support your story and if it doesn't - then delete it. Many people update their resume by adding the most recent experience on the same old resume. That's not the right way to do it :) You'll usually end up with a resume that's not very cohesive and probably shares too much information, especially from jobs earlier in your career. It's a good idea rewrite your resume completely from scratch at least every five years so you can keep a through-line that makes sense to your readers.
Should you have one resume, or many? A common question. These days, it's ok to have more than one version of your resume, so long as it's truthful and highlights the right skills to your target audience. Just don't confuse yourself (and others) with too many versions.
Chronological resumes are still the most widely accepted format. Don't get too clever with trendy formats. HR systems can't scan them properly, and hiring managers want to easily find the info they need. For creatives: your portfolio is where you shine! Keep the resume simple.
Write your resume with the same/similar terms, sequence, and job titles that you commonly see in job listings on sites like Indeed.com or Linkedin. “Mirroring” is a very effective way to attract the right interviews because your reader can easily match your skills with their need.
Avoid subjective statements. Stick to the facts. “Managing teams of 15-25 in the US and Asia” is a statement of fact. “Excellent leadership and communication skills” is just your opinion. If you say this on your resume then complete your thought by adding metrics or other useful facts.
Format your resume nicely! Clean font, good white space, NO TYPOS or grammatical errors. Good attention to detail makes you far more attractive to a hiring manager.
Use one-line bullet points instead of paragraphs. Lead with action verbs. People tend to scan resumes. Lengthy paragraphs are hard to read.
Keep your summary BRIEF, no more than a few sentences. If it goes on for half a page, it’s not really a summary, is it? Be fearless with your delete key.
The last five years of professional work experience are the most crucial and relevant. Beyond that, you can be brief. Again, use your delete key.
Don’t put lists of duties or functional specialties, especially in your summary. Long lists and phrases don’t sell anything, and if you're trying to help a computer scan keywords, they'll find those same words in the body of your resume where they belong.
Quantify your achievements with as many metrics/analytics/percentages/dollar amounts as you are able to share. and can back up with data when asked.
If you are self-employed and looking for a permanent role, don't lead with "Contractor" or "Self-Employed". Create a company name and list yourself as partner or president. Or find a contract-to-perm opportunity to bridge the gap.
For unemployment gaps in earlier years, put the years of employment, but not months. Be truthful on job applications, but it's fine this way on a resume.
Google yourself. Does your resume match LinkedIn or other public sites? Make sure all of your social media is "rated for a PG audience".