4 Fixes for Your Resume

John Krautzel
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Your professional resume is often your sole representative during a job hunt. Done well, it paints a compelling picture of who you are as a professional and convinces an employer that bringing you in for an interview is worth his time. With a few quick fixes, you can turn a good resume into a great resume that stands apart from the competition.

Add Measurable Achievements

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your professional resume is to add specific, measurable achievements that prove your abilities. Instead of writing "developed a comprehensive marketing campaign," opt for a more specific statement, such as "increased social media engagement by 50 percent using a comprehensive marketing campaign." Quantifying your accomplishments demonstrates that you can apply your education and experience to get results. Because tangible metrics are more memorable than blocks of text, they help you stand out in an employer's mind.

Cut Out Fluff

During a hiring period, employers usually have minimal time to dedicate to individual resumes. Reduce hassle for the reviewer by editing your professional resume until it's concise and easy to read. Eliminate fluff by cutting out unnecessary descriptions and ruthlessly stripping away words that don't add meaning. Remove buzzwords and overused phrases such as "motivated," "value-add" and "synergy," and replace them with power words such as "resolved" and "mentored." In the end, the text should communicate each point quickly and clearly.

Eliminate Large Text Blocks

When an employer scans a professional resume, large blocks of text can be an instant turn-off — they're intimidating, overwhelming and time-consuming. Improve your resume instantly by ditching long paragraphs in favor of easy-to-scan formats. Instead of a multi-sentence executive statement, use a bulleted list to provide a career overview. If the left margin is a solid wall of text, add white space by indenting blocks or putting blank lines between sections. By distributing text across the page, you can make it easier for employers to identify and recall key points.

Include Links

A modern job hunt often requires emailing or uploading resumes instead of sending them in printed form. Take advantage of digital transmission by including hyperlinks in your professional resume content. Link to content that enhances your application: a professional website, an online portfolio or a well-written blog. Consider linking to pages that provide proof of accomplishment. If you include a bullet point about designing landing pages that reduced bounce rates, link the text to those pages. If you published the results of a research project, include a link to the online version. This strategy demonstrates your abilities and provides instant gratification for employers who want to learn more.

A professional resume carries considerable weight during a job search. With a small amount of time and effort, you can tweak your existing document and turn it into a powerful, persuasive asset.


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  • Lanalou Valente
    Lanalou Valente

    Thank you. I was able to follow your advice, which allowed to produce a clear, concise words. I love the bullets because it allowed me to choose fewer but as you said powerful words. lanalou valente bsn,rn

  • Patricia Diaz
    Patricia Diaz

    Thank you. Great advice.

  • kale r.
    kale r.

    thanks

  • ROBERT E.
    ROBERT E.

    Do NOT sit at home and wait for the opportunity to pass you by.Be smart start with a little prayer and use common sense.

  • Darrel C.
    Darrel C.

    Bobbie Try Cool Smiles, also go to the locations and introduce yourself to the hiring manager

  • Bobbie S.
    Bobbie S.

    I believe age is holding me back from getting a job. I'm 52 and have 20 plus years of Dental Assisting experience. The positions are out there but no-one is responding to my resume.

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    Thanks for the comments. @Anita A it is so sad that companies can't look beyond our age to see how much we have to offer. @Yilmaz Ozmen if you are asking how important age is to me should I be doing the hiring - age is not important to me. As long as the employee has the skills and knowledge that is needed to fulfill the position, I would go for it. Several years ago I interviewed about ten candidates for a position working on a long-term project. One older woman came in, carrying a tin of cookies. (LOL) The only thing missing on her was her apron. She was a lovely woman and the guys on my team were pushing for me to hire her but I couldn't do it. It wasn't her age, it was her lack of skills. She knew that she didn't have the skills which is why she thought that she could bribe the team with the offer of homemade goodies every week! So age, for me, is not a factor. If she would have had the skills required, then she certainly would have been in the running for the job. As it was, we hired a middle age man and we were never sorry. He was truly awesome on the team even if he didn't bake! I truly think that age should never be a factor. Sure do wish that I could get companies to see that.

  • Anita A.
    Anita A.

    Personal experience, the older you are, the less trainable most corporate/business offices consider you.

  • YILMAZ OZMEN
    YILMAZ OZMEN

    I wonder how important is you age, @Nancy Anderson

  • Daniel  P.
    Daniel P.

    Thank's for bring a sending actually informations! Appreciate!!

  • Matthew Miller
    Matthew Miller

    I am having the same issue as Michele A. . Iam 57 not old enough to retire, which i could not if i wanted to. But i am healthy and surly know my business after doing the same trade since i was 18

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    @Michele A. thanks for your comment. The jobs are there and I am living proof. Probably the best method for us more mature job seekers is to use an agency or a recruiter. Sit down with them and tell them what you are seeking. Lay it all out and let them work for you. Many recruiters work on a commission basis which means no pay until they fill a position so they are motivated to help you out. It's worth taking the time to get in touch with a few. All the best.

  • Michele A.
    Michele A.

    I have been looking since 1/2015. Have applied for everything from cashier to executive assistant. Don't let anyone fool you if you are over 50 nobody wants you.

  • Nancy Anderson
    Nancy Anderson

    @Karen V thanks for your comment. So sorry that your job search is stalled. Questions to ask include - tailoring your resume to fit the position?; researching the company prior to submission to determine fit?; following up with the company (if you can) after applying? The job sites aren't scams but you have to remember that your resume is joining thousands of others just for one position. If your resume doesn't make it through the applicant tracking software (ATS), game over. Are you networking? Checking out a company to see if you know anyone who works there? Many times it's not what we know but who we know that makes the difference. It's a shame but it's the way of our job world today. Companies hesitate to take on unknowns so, if you know someone, ask them to forward your resume on. Bottom line is that finding a new job is a job in itself. Treat it as a job and the new position will come. Have a plan of attack. Keep track of companies for which you submitted your resume so that you can follow up and can make sure that you aren't applying more than once per position. We wish you all the best.

  • karen v.
    karen v.

    I think all those job websites are scam I been looking since July 2016 and have not heard anything from any jobs I applied to.

  • Talasyn O.
    Talasyn O.

    Thanks for this article! It helped me on my resume to remove the "fluff" and long paragraphs. Since downsizing my resume it has gotten me more calls! Thanks!!

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