Resume Upgrade: Getting Job Search Ready

Last week I listed the different types of online jobs that are out there. This week, I want to focus on the number one game-changer in any job search: your resume. It’s the first piece of ‘you’ that a prospective employer will meet, and it needs to be stellar.

Your resume: the number one game-changer in any job search. It's the first piece of 'you' that a prospective employer will meet, and it needs to be stellar. Resume upgrade advice from

Format for reader friendliness!

Whether you’re staying in the brick and mortar market or exploring online jobs, you’ll likely be submitting your resume online. Ensure your resume is optimized for online viewing. Skip fancy fonts and layouts in favor of streamlined text (with just a little color).

Be bold, but don’t be difficult. Word offers a template for resumes that is simple to edit and easy to customize. Just enter your details, then make sure your name stands out and each section heading is noticeable.

There’s nothing wrong with infusing your resume with some personality. Just as long as it’s the professional and put-together bit!

Give your resume an introduction!

You’ll find there are two suggested ways of starting off your resume. The first is an objective statement, typically employed by job search newbies with little to no experience out of college. This statement will outline what you’re looking for and where you hope to go with your vast set of new skills.

The second way to begin your resume, which is preferred for experienced job seekers, is a competencies statement. A competencies blurb will include a brief description of who you are and what you do, where you’ve been, and precisely what you offer to the employer. I favor about three sentences, as this section should be happily short. You may need to tailor this statement to each separate job you apply for, unless you’re going after similar positions in the same field.

Go for more than just the obvious…

Please don’t include a ‘Skills’ section if you’re only going to list Microsoft Office proficiency. If you’ve done your job right, your resume itself will serve as proof of your Word prowess. Rather than elaborate solely on your speedy typing abilities or general computer knowledge in the skills section, list only the programs you know intimately. Most everyone has a functional knowledge of Microsoft or Apple software, but not everyone can manage photo editing programs or accounting software!

… but don’t fluff!

All resumes need a few basic items; your contact info, a competencies or objectives statement, experience/job history, and education. Definitely list all relevant job duties, but don’t stretch out those sections to fill extra pages. One page is sufficient, two if you’ve got a lengthy job history to include. Don’t try to fill your resume with fluff- get in the important details and let that baby speak for itself.

PS- I offer resume writing.

Stumped, or just too busy to spruce up your resume? Hire me to do it for you. Consider me your job finding wing man (er, wing woman?), because I’ll help you look professional and poised on paper (sorry, though, the rest of it’s up to you!).