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The Right Resume

It is said that hiring managers spend about 30 seconds looking at your resume. As recruiters we spend more time looking at resumes than the average hiring manager, and in so doing, we know what it takes to get you to that next level; the interview. Your resume is the vehicle to take you from applicant, to interview, to “You’re hired!” Here are some key tips to keep in mind as you create and up-date your resume.

  • When it comes to your name and contact information, keep it simple. We don’t need to see your name in a big - fancy font, a new color, or hugely bolded to take over the top line. Keep it simple. If you have professional credentials such as CPA, MBA, etc… list that right at the top with your name.
    I’d also advise against including your picture. Every recruiter or hiring manager will also view your LinkedIn profile, so be sure you have a current, professional looking photo on your LinkedIn page - along with updated experience and your education.
  • Highlight your accomplishments and successes. It’s important that your resume convey what you did and how you accomplished your goals. Your resume should not just be bullet points of a job description. Think of your resume as ‘accomplishment based’. At this time you should also augment your LinkedIn profile with any recommendations and references you have received; add those to your LinkedIn experience and education.
  • If you have been promoted in your previous position, show progression within the company - not just the total length of time with the company. Include the dates of your employment. If you have employment gaps that are easily explained, list those dates and explain them; such as continuing education course work, volunteering stint, maternity leave.
  • It is important to list all software and computer programs in which you are experienced.
  • What to AVOID:
    • Poor grammar
    • Spelling errors
    • Inconsistent formatting
    • The use of tables in your resume
    • Details irrelevant to the job opportunity
    • Fluffy introductions and wordy job overviews and summaries

Make sure your resume is a truthful and accurate version of yourself. You should never lie on your resume. It's important to showcase your best accomplishments relevant to the role for which you are applying.

Now, proofread your resume several times. Once you have that winning resume, be ready to speak to your successes and experience during the job interview. You are on your way to your next great opportunity!