Searching for and securing a job is a challenging process. The Carney Group is dedicated to providing valuable information to assist in your job search. Our goal is to equip you with necessary job search tools, positioning you as a top candidate.
Your resume is much more than a snapshot of your professional career history. Your job search is a sales and marketing campaign, and the best candidates use quality marketing materials to create a winning first impression. Consider the following when evaluating your current resume.
- Your resume is a marketing document
- Your resume lands with a company before you do – market yourself effectively for the position and make a memorable first impression.
- Include a professional summary
- Many times job seekers make the mistake and start off their resume with an objective that talks about what the job seeker’s wants and needs. Instead, start off your resume selling your skills, accomplishments and what you can do for a potential employer. Remember, an employer may only review the resume for 7 – 10 seconds so make sure your most marketable skills are in your professional summary.
- Create a summary that leaps off the page and markets you
- Use impactful, magnetic verbiage. Talk about your accomplishments, do you exceed quotas? Have you helped a company save money/make money? Do you have a unique skills set that differentiates yourself from the competition?
- Share your qualifications
- Be sure to include your responsibilities you had with each job on your resume. Do not sell yourself short, elaborate, and give yourself credit. You never know what will catch the eye of a potential employer.
- Craft the resume to reflect your accomplishments
- How did your contributions to the organizations you worked with affect the revenue or the bottom line? If you are in sales, list numbers. If you are in customer service, how many calls/customers a day did you service? If you are in an administrative function, how many people did you support? How much did you help the company run more effectively and efficiently?
- List all technical capabilities
- List all software capabilities – include the Microsoft applications, accounting software, and any other specialized software applications that you have used.
- Does your professional experience reflect the chronology of companies that you have worked for?
- When reading a resume, employers usually put a story together regarding your background. Most of the time, it is easiest to understand a job seeker’s background by reading in chronological order to understand your professional progression.
- Ask yourself after reading your resume, “Would I hire this person?”
- Review your resume from an employer’s perspective – would you want to hire this candidate or even take the time to interview?
- Formatting and placement of experience is very important
- Enhance readability by using bullet points to describe your responsibilities. Bold the name of the companies that you worked for. Clearly label each section of your resume.
- How many pages are acceptable?
- There is no rule on how long a resume should be. If you have experience and qualifications that you are proud of and they make you who you are, include it. Remember, you own your resume.
- Be sure to include your educational degrees
- Look great on paper
- Your resume is a marketing document that sells yourself – remember it lands before you do!
- Include a powerful professional summary – who you are, what are your accomplishments, why would an employer want to hire you
- Don’t be humble
- Use impactful action verbs when describing your roles, responsibilities and accomplishments