When job seekers send out their resumes and don’t get any results (interview calls in this case), there is a good chance that their resumes (CVs, cover letters) cause such problems. Resume editing in this case would be more than appropriate. Most resumes have plenty of things to be edited so you will likely find many things you could improve if you know what you are looking for. Chaotic (experimental) editing will unlikely contribute anything good to a resume – it is vitally important that one should understand what needs to be changed and how it needs to be changed. In this blog post we would like to provide some tips that could help you successfully makeover your resume.
Make it impressive from the very beginning. Most job seekers start with the objective (we don’t take into account name and contact information), which is not quite what an employer expects. The problem with the objective statement is that it concentrates on what an applicant wants. When it comes to writing a resume one should rather focus on what a potential employer needs. The first thing then to be edited is your objective statement – you can either tailor it to match the needs of an employer or substitute it with a profile/overview of qualifications/summary section.
Focus on what you accomplished, not just on what you did. Another thing you can improve is the professional experience section. One of the most common mistakes is generic job descriptions copy-pasted from the Internet sources. Hiring authorities are not interested in such set of responsibilities. MOre than that, they are not so much interested in what you did… If it is possible, shorten job descriptions and focus on your accomplishments – how you increased sales, improved operations efficiency, expanded customer base, reduced staff turnover rate, etc.
Make it shorter. Another thing that can give life to your resume is making it shorter. “How can I do that? I have included only the most important information!”, claim job seekers. But the definition of “the most important information” is usually very different for a job seeker and hiring authorities. Effective resume writing means writing for hiring authorities; thus, the information to include should be selected on the basis of what an employer needs, not what one wants to include. If your CV is over 2 pages, you might be diluting the impact of its content. If you manage to squeeze everything into one or two pages you will help hiring managers quickly scan your document to identify whether you match the job requirements or not. Resumes in Medical field and science can go over two pages, but these are exceptions.
Make sure it looks good. After you are done with editing the content of your resume or CV, take a look at your resume once again and ask yourself how it looks? Does it look clean and accurate? Or it seems like there is too much information squeezed in one page with almost no white space on a page? The way your resume looks is important because hiring managers are common people; and the more attractive your resume will be visually, the more one would want to read it (almost like with products in a supermarket).