Resume Improvement

Resume Improvement Tips

With the entire “on-hold” situation we’re all surviving, think of this sudden time-out as a gift, a moment for us to accomplish things we’ve forever put on hold due to normal life’s never-ending errands. One way to make the most out of this quarantine is by sparing an hour or even less for a resume overhaul! Below are 11 easy tips to help you tune-up your resume.

1. Make your contact information Pop
To help hiring managers reach you easily, include live links to your email address, professional blog, and phone number. You don’t need to include your full address; your city will suffice.

2. Add Your LinkedIn Profile
Your LinkedIn profile URL has become a standard item to include in your resume header along with your email address and phone number. Not only does professional online presence enhance your personal branding, but it also increases your chances of getting interviews.

3. Delete the “Objective” Statement
Another quick way to improve your resume is to get rid of the objective statement. Instead, start off your resume with a personal summary, which highlights your years of experience, job history and major achievements.

4. Use a Reverse-Chronological Format
Always list your most recent degrees first! The same applies to your work experiences, as it makes it easier for recruiters to understand your career trajectory.

5. Move Your Education
This section usually goes at the top of your resume. However, if you’re a senior, move your education details down below your experience, since chances are your last one or two jobs are more important and relevant to you getting the job.

6. Look for Keywords in Job Postings
While updating your resume, read the job posts that interest you, and scan the description for keywords that show what qualities the employer is looking for. Include those keywords in your resume where relevant.

7. Pick Your History
It’s preferable that you only list the most recent 10 to 15 years of your career history on your resume. Keep in mind that it’s a promotional document, so only include the experience relevant to the positions to which you are applying.

8. Know your Tenses
Jobs completed in the past should be introduced by action verbs placed in the past tense, for example: monitored, managed, etc. On the other hand, tasks describing present jobs should be presented by verbs in the progressive form, for instance: managing, monitoring, etc.

9. Organize Your Skills Section
If you have lots of skills such as languages, software, and leadership skills, try breaking them into sections and listing each on its own. For example, divide them into language skills, software skills, etc.
10. Save it Properly
Although this tip isn’t technically about resume improvement, but always send your resume in a PDF format. PDFs are more professional, retain formatting, and can’t be altered.

11. Remove “References Available Upon Request”
Hiring managers usually ask for references if they need some. Delete this section, and use the extra space to add your licenses or certificates!

While you’re at it, check these 6 steps to building a professional Handiss profile.