Our final blog post of last year was about your resume . . . and our first blog post of this year is about your resume, too!
In our previous post, we explored “5 Ways to Update Your Resume at the End of the Year.” In this post, we’re shifting gears slightly and taking a look at the four most important aspects of your resume.
For this post, we’re enlisting the help of Heather Spruill, who recently answered the question, “What are the main issues with resumes?” on Quora.com.
The Quora.com article addresses four main problems with most resumes. For our purposes, we’re going to “turn the tables,” so to speak, and present them as the four most important aspects of any resume.
Below, first we present the aspect and then the most common problem, as identified by the Quora.com article. Then we present a solution that will enhance the overall effectiveness of your resume.
Common problem: The formatting does not help the person reading the resume actually read the resume.
Solution: Check your resume meticulously and have multiple people proofread the final product.
Common problem: The way in which the resume is organized emphasizes facts and chronology, overshadowing skills and experience.
Solution: You only have a few seconds to grab the hiring manager’s attention, so make sure they can quickly see the information that will convince them to contact you.
Common problem: The resume is not organized in a way that makes it readily apparent that the person is applying for that specific job.
Solution: If it’s not relevant to the job for which you’re applying, get rid of it! If that means creating a new resume, then fire up the printer.
Common problem: The resume contains an abundance of jargon and other excessive, nonessential verbiage.
Solution: Jargon is vague (sometimes intentionally so). Instead, deal in specifics and speak clearly about your skills and experience.
Click here to read the full article on Quora.com.
If you haven’t updated your resume yet, do it now, and also be sure to address the four items listed above. Doing so will help you prepare to grow your career in the New Year and reach your professional goals!
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