In today’s job market, it’s estimated that recruiters and hiring managers spend about six to 10 seconds scanning a candidate’s resume. So it’s to your benefit to ensure your resume is both easy-to-read, as well as flexible in its format so that it can be easily customized for a specific job posting.
According to Aileen Baxter, manager of Transition Assistance, Deloitte Services LP, gone are the days of an experienced professional having a “one-size-fits-all” resume that was general enough she/he could use for any job posting. Candidates should consider tailoring their resume for each job for which they apply. Doing so may just put you on top of the pile of resumes for a position. If you have a well-written resume already, tailoring may not take a lot of time.
Ideally, it’s a good idea to keep your overall resume to fewer than two pages.
Here are some tips to help you get your resume read:
Think of the resume being carved up into several parts – your contact information, a title or brand, a quick summary, and then the body of the resume that contains your experience, as well as information regarding your education/additional qualifications.
For example: For a Project Manager position, you may want to have this title bold and centered like this, as well as your summary positioned right underneath it:
Project Manager – Big Four Consulting Experience
PMP certified Project Manager specializing in strategic business initiation and growth, innovation, and technology development. Successfully planned, launched and managed several new cross-functional services, and led highly effective innovation competitions. Applied innovative thinking and deep knowledge of firm’s capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses to build new client-centric services. Demonstrated superior ability to work with cross-functional senior leadership with differing priorities and coordinate a resolution valued by all involved.
Key Areas of Expertise
· Project/Program Management
· Innovative Thinking
· Strategic Planning
· Process Improvement
· Complex Budget Management
· Leadership Buy-In
· Client Relationship Management
· Proposal Development
· Consensus Building
The final section of the resume is your education/additional qualifications and other relevant credentials. Consider not listing years for which you graduated from a bachelor or master’s degree, but merely list your major or areas of concentration. Also, consider including relevant certifications.
For example: If you are a certified Project Manager, call out the “PMP” certification/acronym after your name at the top of your resume in addition to the Education/Certifications section.
With regard to the statement: “References available upon request” – nowadays it’s expected you will bring a copy of your references to the interview so there is no need to include it on your resume.
One suggestion with regard to listing personal interests on a resume, unless there is something very unique about you or if you have a significant passion for a cause, it’s better to leave a personal interests section off of your resume. However, carefully think through if you have any characteristics that may be a conversation starter for a hiring manager or recruiter.
For example: If you are very actively involved with animal rescue and actively volunteer at the local shelter, then this would be something to consider listing.
Another example: If you are a classically trained pianist and still perform publically, this would be another unique attribute to add.
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