When you think of a resume, you probably think of it as a list of the places you’ve worked and what you did at each job. Ahhh, but it’s so much more than that. So what is a resume?
1. Your resume is an opportunity to shine. Instead of listing every little thing you did as an Administrative Assistant, for instance, write down ways you improved your environment. Maybe you created a new system, a new process, or physically re-organized the office. Try and think of how you made your position better and easier for the next person. These are accomplishments, and they should be noted above (or even instead of) rote tasks.
2). Your resume is a mirror. Your resume should reflect who you are, not just what you’ve done. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine a bit. If you’re enthusiastic, let your enthusiasm show. In your Profile or Summary section, talk about your strengths and what makes you stand out from the crowd. If you’re stuck, ask a friend, a coworker, or an old boss. When you format your resume, add a splash of color (keep the format simple, though, and don’t bother with big graphics or pictures, these just take up valuable space).
3). Your resume is a gateway to a specific job. Focus your resume on one job at a time. Research the company, find out the skills that they are looking for, and make sure you incorporate these into your resume. Sound like too much work? Then don’t apply for 50 jobs – apply for a just a few, the jobs you really want.
As always, good luck and email me if you need a second pair of eyes!