Resume Tips from a Hiring Manager (Part 2)

Resume Tips from a Hiring Manager (Part 2)

Continuing my recommendations,last category:


Personal Pet Peeves and other Miscellaneous Stuff

8. Keep it reasonably short.A One page preferred. Personally, I’m OK with two pages, so long as your experience warrants it. However, there is no reason to submit a six page resume. Ever.

9. Get with the technology.A Upload one document. Do not upload six different one page documents. Ever.

10. Get with the 21st century.A Lose the AOL e-mail address. It makes you look like you’re stuck in yesterday’s technology.

11. Create a professional e-mail address.A Ensure the first part of your e-mail address is “flattering”. You don’t want to submit a resume that with an e-mail address of Every little thing matters. Pay attention to the details.

12. Minimize your warts.A Only include class rank info if it is flattering. Does it help your cause for me to know that you ranked in the bottom third of your class? If not, leave it off. Maybe I won’t ask about it during an interview. Including unflattering info increases the likelihood you won’t get to the interview stage. Here’s a dirty little secret — I could care less about your class rank. The only way that impresses me if you were top 10% at a great institution, while also juggling an incredible out of class schedule.

13. Keep references separate.A Do not include on the resume, please.

14. Eliminate the personal commentary.A I don’t care that you are into backpacking. And I surely don’t care that you were rush chairman of your social fraternity in college (unless I’m hiring for an event planning position, of course).

15. Eliminate the objective.A You know that part of your resume that’s usually at the very top, that’s usually titled “objective”? The section that begins with “To obtain a position the utilizes my…”? Eliminate it. I know you want to job you applied for. It’s implied by the fact you applied.

16. Eliminate the summary.A You know that part of your resume that’s usually at the very top, that’s usually titled “summary”? The section that begins with “Hardworking, innovative college graduate….”? Eliminate it. It’s all fluff and I know it.

17. Proactively address my questions.A If you know I’m wondering about something, address it directly and forthrightly in the resume. If you were laid off, tell me in the resume. Word it however you want, but I’m wondering about it anyway, so eliminate the open question. Saw a resume that listed that recently and it was refreshing. I’m not going to hold that against you. Similarly, if my job is located in Chicago, and your address is listed as San Diego but you’re willing to relocate for it, say so.

18. If you’re going to include a cover letter, make it a killer.A In my view, cover letters are not a requirement in this day and age. I just eliminated 90% of the resumes I received for this latest job opening without reading a single cover letter. That said, if you are going to go to the trouble of including one, make sure it is terrific. Customize it to me, to my company and to my job. Nothing will put you in my dog house faster than being careless and uploading a cover letter addressed to another company because you were resume spamming every job you could find.

19. Get active with your accomplishments.A Make sure your accomplishments are written in the active voice and include the business outcomes of your involvement.

20. Find a trusted third party to give you feedback.A Creating a resume is a difficult thing to do well, partly because we are so emotionally attached to the thing. This one sheet of paper is supposed to represent your professional capabilities. It is not a facsimile of you as a person. Family members don’t count, because they are just as invested in your success as you are. Find a mentor or work colleague you trust to review the document (preferably someone who has hired more than a handful of people), and be prepared to act on the feedback you receive.

Obtaining anA online MBAA is not a bad idea to boost your resume either! In fact, anyA business degreeA is a great foundation for a solid resume.

At the end of the day, you want your resume to be:

– Professional

– Readable

– Organized

– Targeted

Keeping these four things in mind will help you get that phone call to take things to the next level. Best of luck in your job search!

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~Dawn Krovicka