We review resumes every day. Your resume is the first opportunity to introduce yourself to potential recruiters and employers. Content and context are critical.
Resume review and assistance
We have candidates who have been in a position for 10+ years and never looked at making a change until now. We offer resume review and assistance to help put your best information forward to secure a position, whether it’s through our firm or another. We help our candidates connect in the market place and excel in their career.
Your resume can’t afford to contain fatal errors. Errors can be viewed as lack of attention and care. Don’t let an error cost you an interview or a job. Some of the most common include: Grammar, typos, misspellings, etc. A sloppy resume says you’re careless.
Number of pages
An average resume is typically 2 – 4 pages. If you career spans more than 20 years, consider listing earlier employment as “available upon request”.
Avoid patterning your resume after the same examples everyone else uses. Hiring authorities get bored with look-alike resumes. Be creative, but concise.
Fonts, sizes and photos
Make your resume easier to read. Keep the size of the font and color legible. If you are submitting a photo use a professional photo. If you are mailing an actual resume use white paper only.
If you’re well into your career, anything prior to 15 years ago, list the company and position held, and skip those college summer jobs. As you advance in age and up the corporate ladder, pare down your resume.
First, don’t lie because it’s wrong. Second, don’t lie because if you get caught, you won’t get the job or will lose the job.
What to include:
List your accomplishments “Managed the marketing department, increasing revenues by more than 50% in a four-year period.”
List the most current employment first including the company, location, position held as well as dates of employment; start and end (or current). If you have moved on and are no longer employment by the firm, list the end date. Include a description of your job function and accomplishments.
Account for all dates – if you have gaps in employment, list it and give a brief description. Example: Time off to care for aging parent.
With certain names use Mr. or Ms. as a prefix. If you are a Pat let them know it’s Mr. or Ms.
State clearly what you’re looking for. Ambiguity indicates you lack direction and focus.
Listing your job objective
Research in advance to be sure your objective coincides with an open position before including it in the resume. If there are several positions that interest you, do not include your objective.
What not to include:
We recommend you omit your actual street address as it is not necessary until you are completing an application for employment with a company.
We also recommend you do not include personal information such as; social security number, family details and date of birth.
Once you have uploaded your resume, review it. Make certain the content is correct and displays properly. Confirm information is correct, such as email and phone number for contact.
Maintain your resume – keep it current. Refresh so it remains current and viewable. If you accept a job, remove your resume from the job board.