If you are going to be looking for a job soon, it’s time to update your resume or create a new one altogether. If your resume is several years old, or if you have not created a resume in a while, it’s time to learn some professional resume tips that will help you compose a modern resume that fits what today’s employers are looking for in new applicants.
First of all, if there is an “objective” at the top of your resume, remove it immediately as this is very “yesterday” and will show you are not keeping up with the changing face of the job market. Also, if anywhere on your resume it says, “References Available Upon Request,” please remove that, also, for the same reasons. Be ready to provide references to any prospective employer and have that information with you at all times. You should also have an electronic version of your resume on hand at all times. You never know when a job opportunity will present itself, and you want to be prepared.
More professional resume tips:
1. Focus on jobs for which you are qualified.
It’s very surprising and disheartening that up to 2/3 of applicants fill out applications for jobs for which they are not qualified. Stick to jobs that you are qualified for as it will save everyone time. If a job says that a position includes training or that some skills are not absolutely necessary, then by all means, apply for those jobs, but if you know you’re not qualified for a position don’t waste your time and employer’s time by applying.
2. If you’re using some type of job recruiter, follow his advice.
Don’t try to beat the system and don’t ignore specific instructions you are given. Today, recruiters work directly and influence hiring managers, so be respectful.
3. Proofread and then have two other people proofread your resume.
Make sure your cover letter, if there is one, includes the correct name of the company to which you’re applying, not the company you applied to yesterday.
4. Prepare different versions of your resume.
As positions have become much more specialized, having various resumes allows you to better match the job description. It’s rare in today’s modern society that you can get by with a one-size-fits-all resume.
5. Focus on skills that can be transferred if you are changing professions or industries.
Some companies will hire people with certain skills if they have potential. Sell yourself and explain why you would work out in a position you have never held.
6. Compose your LinkedIn profile as as you would your resume and keep it updated.
7. Attach your resume to your online presence.
Include links to articles you’ve had published. Always be cognizant of what you Tweet and how often as managers will see this. Keep your Facebook professional because recruiters will do an online search about you.
8. Address inconsistencies in your work career and be honest about what kept you from working.
Most employers are understanding and know that life circumstances occur that require us to make serious changes in our lives. Being evasive or downright lying is simply unacceptable, and the hiring manager will respect your candor.
9. Don’t try to conceal your age on your resume because your age will be pretty obvious when they meet you.
Make sure your skills are current if you’re an older applicant as many employers will look more at what you bring to the table than your age.
10. Use good judgment when mentioning hobbies or other interests on your resume.
Don’t offer information about your personal life; wait for your employer to bring that up and don’t provide a lot of information about your personal life unless you feel comfortable doing so and feel the information will not hurt your chances of landing the job.