It’s that time of the year when more than some of us are sulking after a horrible appraisal and are more than sure that we need a new job. Being totally bummed will not help, shake it off and fire a round of resumes to some juicy new prospective employers instead! But first, let’s get that resume ready to hook you that elusive interview.
Whether you need to invest in professional help or invest your own time, here are 10 signs your resume needs to be worked on before you send it out.
1. It was last updated in 2012
Trends change, personal details change and job markets change. Yes, you need a resume change too! Look up some modern resume templates and draw some inspiration from them. Spend some time crafting a resume you feel proud and confident to hand out. Make sure it is up to date and in sync with the times.
2. It still has an “Objective”
Let’s be honest here. No one cares. For an employer it’s pure business. No one cares about YOUR objective or personal goals in life. Employers are simply looking for what to gain out of you, so think in terms of replacing the “objective” with something more effective such as a “personal statement” outlining your key skills and explaining why you are the perfect candidate for the job position.
3. It states a “Declaration”
Seriously, who even started this trend? A resume has to, by all means, be a true and honest representation of your educational and professional history without having to make a formal declaration/oath of its credibility. Omit it, please. Now!
4. You still add a signature at the end
We all know that this is the digital age where jobs are applied for online. Not only is it terribly inconvenient but also redundant to add a signature at the end of your resume. A PDF file, of your resume, should be enough to rise to the ocassion.
5. It is more than 2 pages long
With the competition so fierce, a recruiter could easily be seeing up to 80-100 resumes per position in a day. Do them a favour and condense your resume down to only the absolutely necessary information. Trust me, they will appreciate it. If you are good at prioritizing, you should find no trouble in fitting your experience into 2 pages. Else, just hire an expert!
6. No keywords
Yes, recruiters only scan through your resume (in less than 10 seconds) to find few key words they are looking for. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a “Job Description” in advance, use it to tailor your resume and enhance it with strategically placed keywords such as your core skills and strengths, in places the recruiter is sure to notice them.
7. Too difficult to read
Is your resume full of jargon or abbreviations even you have trouble figuring out? Time to do some content cleaning up. Avoid using terms specifically used in a particular organization. If must, leave a miniscule explanation about the term being used. For example, British Airways uses BABS as their reservation software, so mention something like (CRS) on the side, if you are using the term BABS.
8. A boring resume template in a creative field
With so many new creative job openings coming up, you will not want to stick to a traditional black and white resume. Be bold and creative and stand out from your competition. Don’t be afraid to show who you are. There are plenty of resume templates out there to inspire your creative muse and bring out the best in your resume.
9. It doesn’t pack a punch
You resume will end up in the pile of “maybes”, which will never get a second look at, if it does not have enough of an impact. First impressions are the last impressions, so make the most of it. Go all out and get whatever help you can in crafting the perfect resume, that is a sure-fire shot at getting you an interview.
10. It doesn’t help you stand out
Yeah, so you are an MBA graduate with 10 years of experience in the marketing field, but so are at least 50 others. Think about all that can make you stand out from the rest. A new resume format? Maybe the content needs some enhancing? Is your name highlighted enough? A border on the page? Even the slightest of changes can make you stand out from the rest, so do some research and find what will wok bets for your resume.
So there we have it, some quick tips on how to plate your resume well. Remember the key is to keep your resume updated with correct and honest information along with a tad bit of clever enhancement in design and content. Is your resume ready to fight it out there? Let me know in the comments below.