If you want to start your new year off with a new job, the first thing you need to tackle is your resume. Without an effective resume, all the effort you put into networking, job searching, and applying will be for nothing. Whether it’s been years since you’ve freshened up your resume, or your current one isn’t working as well as you’d hoped in your job search, tackling your resume is an optimal way to help you achieve your professional goals. Get your resume ready for 2019 with these steps:
Get Rid of the Clutter
Resumes only get a quick read-over initially, so make sure it is easy to read by spending the start of your year by decluttering your resume. Get rid of any complicated or busy looking formatting. Break it up so there is white space between sections – too much text in blocks makes it difficult to scan and is visually unappealing. Cut any unnecessary words and write your bullet points as concisely as possible.
Reorganize Your Content
Take a look at what bullet points you list when detailing your experience – do they align with the jobs in which you’re interested? Arrange your bullet points to order them by relevance, so hiring managers can see your direct experience and transferable skills first. If you include tasks at the top that aren’t relevant to the jobs for which you’re applying, it may seem at first glance that you’re not actually qualified.
Highlight Your Achievements
Your resume shouldn’t just establish that you have the basic qualifications. Take your resume up a notch in 2019 by showing what makes you stand out from other candidates. Highlight your achievements, including quantifiable achievements (such as being in the top percent for cross-sales) or honors or special awards you’ve received. This shows how well you perform, not just that you have experience.
Focus on Action
A bunch of bullets saying, “Responsible for….” do not make for a compelling resume. Revamp your resume by making it over from passive to actionable. Replace any bullets that list your responsibilities and make them verbs with supporting details. For example, “Responsible for resolving customer inquiries” could be updated with, “Resolved customer inquiries with a 95% satisfaction rate.” The first example is more of a job description, while the updated actionable version demonstrates what you did and how well you did it.
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