You’re not alone. Most people would agree that resume writing can feel akin to torture.
And while the writing process can be painful, the fact is that a strong resume can be the key that unlocks those precious interview opportunities.
But we have good news! You don’t need to go through the painstaking effort of creating a brand new resume for every job search.
Below are a few tips to help you tune-up your old resume, so it feels brand new:
- Remove your address. Simply include an email address and phone number. A hiring manager may see your address and withdraw you from consideration if they think your commute may be too long. How far you are willing to travel for the right job should be your choice.
- Add a Qualifications section and remove the Objective. Include achievements, notable skills and significant experiences. It’s a great, at-a-glance way to show all that you bring to the table.
- List your most recent 10-15 years of experience. Focusing on accomplishments and skills from that time frame will keep you relevant. If you have gaps in your work history, instead of month/day/year, consider using only the year. This may improve your chances of getting contacted. You can explain the reasons for the gaps with a potential employer when they reach out.
- Limit bullet points to 5-6 per job. Stick to the most important job duties. (The ones that really paint a picture of what you did and what you could offer a new employer.)
- Use numbers and percentages whenever suitable. Numbers really stand out and are a great way to measure your accomplishments, or to emphasize the scope and scale of your responsibilities.
- Move your education to the bottom of your resume. Unless you’re a recent college grad, you’re likely to have plenty of more current and relevant work experience to shine the spotlight on.
- Don’t include “references available upon request.” Employers likely WILL ask for references anyway, so it’s redundant to include it.
Remember to proofread! Ask someone else to read it, too! Easily avoided mistakes can leave a negative impression.
It make take a few minutes out of your day to make some changes to your resume, but look at the big picture – it’s an investment in your future!
Many recruitment agencies offer resume help to their employees, so don’t be afraid to reach out to a staffing firm for help.