Spring is here at last! One gets the urge
to clean out closets, wash windows and tidy up the yard. It’s also a great time
to apply the same concepts to your job search, more particularly focusing on cleaning
up your resume.
Your resume is the first and most important
impression of who you are. Take pride in that and use it to portray why you’re
the best candidate for the job. If your resume is confusing and overloaded with
information, people will assume that you aren’t entirely sure what you do or
what you want to do. Don’t make that mistake. Use your resume like a targeted
arrow by clearly pinpointing what makes you suitable. Here are some
- Ensure your resume communicates your career objectives with a
descriptive headline. If you’re moving from one department to another
within the same industry, be sure to clearly define this.
- Avoid the fancy layout, font and other special effects. Stick
to traditional font of Times New Roman, 9 to 12-point size and keep it
black and white. You might try a different type size for your name and the
companies you have worked for, perhaps your title. But try to be consistent.
Go easy on using bold type, italics, and underlining.
- This is also a good time to consider the usefulness of early
experience. For job seekers with 10 years or more of experience, this may
mean creating an ‘early career’ section that briefly summarizes previous
- If your resume is more than two pages long, tighten it up.
Today’s trends in our world of Twitter and shortness state no more than
two pages for even the most senior-level professional.
- Start a brag file. Gather testimonials, letters of
recommendations, project highlights and so forth. Think about how they
might be included into your resume.
- Every employer out there values accuracy and attention to
detail. So before you save your resume (or even worse, send it) check it
over again. And again. Then get someone else to check it for you. Make
sure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes, it's written in a
consistent tone and tense, and above all, the information is correct.
A great resume will go a long way towards
getting your ideal job. A poor one is a sure way to miss out on it. There's no
doubt that you will do everything possible to be the best candidate you can be.
Make sure that your resume is the best it can be too.
Freshen up your image
Now might be the time to do an overhaul on your
personal and professional image as well. You’ve refreshed your resume. Now, how
do others see you?
- Everyone has their own dress style that they are comfortable
in. However, trying a new fashion item maybe a new color blouse, will give
you a new sense of confidence. You may also want to consider having an
outfit reserved for interviews or important meetings. Keep the overall
- Now that you dress the part, make sure that your personal image
compliments your look. Maybe try a new hair style? Don’t forget to smile
that’s the best image assurance you can ever have!
So, there you have it! Spring is indeed a
time of renewal. Wouldn’t it feel good to know that along with your clean
windows and tidied-up garage, your resume is in order and your job search can
start! Good luck!
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