It's Time to Update your Résumé
Have you noticed that the more senior the position or the more established the person, the less lines in their résumé? In my situation, I just add a "summary" to any proposals we create, because my existing web design clients are a far more effective way to market. That said, I always keep a copy of my current résumé handy.
We caught up with career coach and author Ford R. Myers during "September is International Update your Résumé Month" and he offers the following five tips to help create your powerful, precise, and attention-grabbing résumé.
Haverford, PA (August 31, 2011) - September marks the 11th annual celebration of "International Update Your Resume Month." The observance, originated by Career Directors International in Melbourne, Florida, provides job seekers with a proactive approach toward obtaining the next step in career growth. Ford R. Myers, career coach, speaker and author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, http://www.getthejobbook.com) recommends the following five tips for developing resumes that stand out from the crowd:
1. BE BRIEF: Less is Always More
Myers specifically points out that of the main sections of a resume - Career Summary, Professional Experience, Education, etc. - the Summary section is where brevity counts the most. "The 'Summary' is a brief statement of who you are, where you're 'coming from,' and what skills and expertise you have to contribute to an organization. To grab the reader's attention, you'll need five or six targeted lines oriented toward the benefits and contributions you offer as a professional," states Myers.
2. BE SPECIFIC
Although individuals should be as specific as possible throughout the entire resume, this tip should be exercised most in the "Professional Experience" section.
"The 'Professional Experience' section is where your past jobs, roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments are listed. It's also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention. The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time. Resumes that get noticed focus on specific results. Whenever possible, quantify your results, including retention rates, sales, profit, performance and effectiveness by using percentages, dollars and hard numbers," explains Myers.
3. BE ACTIVE
Myers urges resume writers to use strong action words at the beginning of every sentence. "Words such as 'direct,' 'launch,' 'initiate,' 'devise' and 'lead' have a lot more impact than a passive phrase like 'was responsible for,'" states Myers.
4. BE SELECTIVE
Focus on information that is truly relevant to your career goal and edit out the rest. "There is no need to focus on volunteer work or temporary positions if they are not relevant to the career you're looking for, or if they're in your distant past," says Myers.
5. BE HONEST
Myers warns job seekers to never lie on a resume. "If you lie you will always lose in the long run," he says.
"If you find that your resume isn't getting the results you want, change it! Your resume is a 'living document' that will be edited and updated through the course of your job search and your entire career," adds Myers.
For more information and other useful tips for achieving career success, visit http://www.getthejobbook.com.
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