Job Seekers Network on the Peninsula Message Board › Five tips for better resumes
San Mateo, CA
Social media are crucial to the hiring process, but job seekers still need an effective resume says Tom Dezell, a career advisor with the State of Maryland Department of Workforce Development and author of the new book, "Networking for the Novice, Nervous or Naive Job Seeker." He offers these resume tips:
Quality Trumps Quantity.
Rather than sending out hundred of resumes, look for places where you would like to work and which could benefit from your skill. Try to contact the hiring manager and introduce yourself before you send a resume. In any successful job search, you will need to expand your comfort zone regarding reaching out to other individuals. This will allow you to adjust your resume toward what the employer is looking for.
Don't Describe Deeds, Tells Readers How Well You Did Them.
Far too many resumes rehash the job description. Instead, using the description as an outline, document how you produced results. Quantify any increases in earnings, savings, efficiency or customer satisfaction. Present the numbers in numeric form along with the dollar ($) and percentage (%) signs. They catch the reader's eye.
Increase Quality Control.
Most of the typos and errors I see in resumes can be linked to over reliance on spell check. Many people don't realize that the default setting in Word turns spell check off when using all uppercase letters, like in a heading. Proofread by reading each word aloud and backwards, or better yet, have a fresh pair of eyes review it. Make sure the resume looks good and is easy to read. Use bullet points. Too many writers try to use paragraphs to include more information or compress the document to one page. But paragraphs take more time to read; bullet statements are much more easily scanned to find key information. Few things you write are reviewed with as critical an eye as your resume, since a primary purpose of the reader is finding a reason to reject it.
Understanding Online Resumes.
An uploaded resume loses all its formatting. To make your document presentable, convert it to text on your own (here's one method). Understand how to use key words. Recruiters thin the pile by applying lists of key words to the database. Study the job requirements and make sure the most important industry terms, certifications and technology appear in your resume. Call up sample resumes for your profession to check for commonly included key words.
Get Good Feedback.
Seek advice from a couple of people you respect in your field who have made hiring decisions. Get feedback from career advisor's and recruiters who know about the hiring practices in your field. Once you have established trusted sources for your resume feedback, if you receive conflicting advice, discuss it with them. Ultimately, you decide. This is YOUR marketing brochure.