10 Ways to Perfectly Edit Your Resume

It’s been years since you dusted off versions of  any of your resumes, and suddenly you find yourself back on the job market.  Where do you start, and how do you make yourself presentable again?

Here are 10 epic ways to edit your professional resume to perfection and get yourself back in the game.

1.  Get Current – Now!

The best time to chronicle your most recent job is while you’re still in it. Why? Because the details will be fresh in your mind, and you’ll have access to information if you need it.

When you can, use facts and figures to back up your accomplishments. You didn’t just increase sales – you increased sales by 20% in the first month. You didn’t just manage accounts of industry leaders – you managed the accounts of Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

2.  Get Rid of the Old

The longer you have been in the workforce, the more experience sludge you have probably accumulated at the end of your resumes. If it’s longer than two pages, it’s time to give it a trim.

Jobs that you held a decade ago or more can be removed entirely. If you feel they are important to show your qualifications, keep the description to one line, such as, “Coordinated a busy desk for two executives,” rather than detailing out each responsibility you handled.

 

3. Get Rid of the Irrelevant

That one summer you worked as a lifeguard? Probably not important to an employer looking for a new accountant. While you might be tempted to include everything you’ve ever done, you will be much better served by only featuring what is pertinent to that particular job opening.

But it’s not just irrelevant positions you should nix. Look for job responsibilities and accomplishments that don’t directly apply to your current career goals. Consider cutting or trimming them to draw more attention to experience that is applicable.

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30 for 30 Suggestions to Keep Your Resume In Top Fiscal and Physical Condition in 2012

 

 

There are hundreds of posts around the web that can cover a lot of ground for resume tips. I am offering a few to help jump start your job search for 2012

1. Great networking conversations will result in updating your résumé if you had a great conversation. Think about it

2. Grammar, spelling, font consistency, and correct alignment is the bare minimum to perfection

3. Take off the address and zip code

4. Forwarding a paper résumé is rarely requested, but if you must, then use  resume paper  (non-white, and not too pretty)

5. Understand the words and its meaning you use. Know the difference in using assured, insured, and ensured

6. One resume, one job. Second job, needs customized resume

7. One résumé, one phone number, one email address

8. E-mail addresses should use your name: markdyson@competitiveresumes.net not moonshine@gmail.com

9. Use active verbs when describing your job duties (i.e. tackled, orchestrated, executed). A thesaurus is a writer’s best friend

10. Try not to use an active verb more than once

11. Show that you are a perpetual learner. Include your training and continuing education classes

12. Don’t write when you feel anxious, desperate, or too emotional. Find clarity, then come back and write. It’s normal, but manageable

13. Keep several versions of your résumé active and circulating (i.e. one management, one non-management, one career changing)

14. Correct and proper preposition usage is essential such as “…before meeting (before the meeting)…”

15. Use Dropbox to keep copies of your résumé

16. Irrelevant job and experience will only inspire unwanted and useless scrutiny. Build around relevant facts

17. Your résumé, your voice, and your vernacular

18. What problems did you solve? What measures prove your claims?

19. The bold, italics, and underline functions have very rare use when writing resumes. Refrain from using them unless you are listing publications, movies, and news articles you created

20. Avoid clichés. Stay away from vague job descriptions (e.g. Team player, excellent verbal skills, experienced working in a fast paced environment)

21. Leave off “References upon Request” off of your résumé. It is often asked for when filling out an application

22. Awards are great. Team awards are great. Special cash awards everyone in the company received is not that special

23.  Use a “Core Competencies” or “Key Competencies” section between your Summary and Professional Experience section. These are specific skills related to your prospective job

24. Don’t inundate your résumé with acronyms without defining the term once in full

25. Don’t lie or hype your résumé. Stick to the facts, results that you can demonstrate and describe

26. Highlight your accomplishments, results, and impact (Measures that use % and $)

27. Max 2 pages for private/civilian industry and 4 pages (or more at times) for federal

28. Proofread, proofread, and proofread. Then, let someone else proofread, like an English major

29.  Exclude the passive voice, include active voice (use the online tool polishmywriting.com for help with this)

30. Make sure your résumé speaks the language of your industry. Don’t fake, it will show during your interview, if not before then

31. It is your marketing document, not a flyer, nor an obituary

32. Unload unnecessary words such as all, ultimately, and every. Use quantitative results instead

33. Establish value, not vanity. Better to show that you are excellent, dynamic, and great than saying it. What did you change, fix, or resolve?

34. Consider that others want this job as much as you. They are the competition! Your résumé must stand out by its content, not by fonts and features alone.

35. Keywords are necessary and effective when sprinkled, not poured

36. Write a short description and  get to the point, but avoid commentary. Just the facts.

Although I gave you several bonus suggestions, you can still add a few in the comment section. Or maybe you hate one or more suggestions I listed, let me know!

 

Social Media Profiles

According to Jobvite Social Recruiting 2010 Survey of 600 employers, 80% of companies use social networking sites for recruiting. This means it is likely that companies will use a Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter profile as consideration for employment. This means job seekers will need to post a well-written profile if they wish to be found by employers.

I can provide some help for anyone in the following way:

  • Consult with you in employing a social media job strategy
  • Write an effective Linked In profile for you using keywords that are industry related
  • Advise and correct the way you currently use your social networking profile and strategy

Prices to be determined upon initial consultation for this service. At times, this could be a free service as part as a package with other services.

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