“I’m on Monster.com, Dice and CareerBuilder and I had a phone interview last month but I think the problem is my resume.” – Client X. I’d love to quote the client that said that but there are so many it’s hard to choose just one. In today’s market, where 9 out of 10 resumes end up in the trash, a market-focused resume is essential to landing an interview much less a job.
Resumes That Get Results
85% of hiring managers only read the top half of page one of your resume. If you were reading only the top half of your first page, what position would you hire you for? 38% of hiring managers spend less than 60 seconds reading your resume. Net result: You’ve got less than 60 seconds to impress a hiring manager in less than half a page.
The resumes that get results in today’s highly competitive market are focused on facts, figures and results all organized in a clean, concise layout with a focused summary right upfront in the top half of page one. How do you create this on your own? The first way is to have the right components present on your resume.
The 6 Resume Components
- Personal Information | Name, Phone Number, eMail and Address. (tip: include a link to your Linked In profile)
- Summary | Have one and make it relevant to today’s market, your skills and accomplishments.
- Professional Experience | Include the most recent 15 years of experience.
- Education | Avoid including the year of graduation as it discloses your age; Remove high school.
- Awards | Include these great accomplishments in their own section or within the position bullet points.
- Community Involvement| Hiring Managers, and companies, like to hire professionals that volunteer. Include philanthropic activities that are not affiliated with a protected class (e.g. religion, ethnicity, etc).
Rosanna the Recruiter’s 3 Resume Tips
Now that you’ve got the right components, what are some good rules of thumb? A great colleague, and friend, Rosanna, is a recruiter in the technology industry and took to Facebook this week to post her 3 resume tips. When thousands of resumes come through your “door” via Linked In, Facebook and eMail everyday sometimes you want to share advice. Here are her 3 Resume Tips:
1. 3 page resumes, BAD.
2. Functional resumes, equally bad!
3. Long cover letters, a WASTE OF TIME.
Rosanna wrapped up her resume ‘rant’ with this statement: Your resume is your brand, not a badly written novel of your professional life. In the year 2011, it is unacceptable to have a bad, old-fashioned resume. If you’ve got a great resume and are looking for a job, reach out to Recruiter Rosanna and let her know you found her through Career Coach Adriana’s blog. (hint: avoid sending a bad resume)
Need Resume help? Simply ask. Avoid the $695 professionally written resume writers; I’ve helped thousands of people with their resumes and never charged $695. I hear horror stories from clients day after day, week after week about $500, $300, etc. paid for resumes and when I see what’s been done…cringe! Your resume is just one tool in the job search toolbox that will get you results and get you hired!