When is the last time you reviewed your resume? When is the last time anyone complimented your resume? Is it time for an upgrade?
- If your resume has an objective statement, it’s older than a Walkman cassette player.
Here you answer the employer’s question, “Why should I hire you?” and describe what makes you special, unique, and ideally suited for your desired position.
- Your Hotmail.com email evokes an unprofessional image and offends hiring managers.
- Your fancy formatting causes your resume to be rejected.
Inhibiting design barriers include font treatments and colours (shading or underlining), graphics, special characters, images, headers, footers, text boxes, and columns. You must find other ways to display your text to get through the scan and still be attractive to human readers.
- You’re being anti-social (no links to your social media profiles).
The survey also revealed that recruiters use social media at every stage of the hiring process, including talent search, making contact, ongoing monitoring of potential candidates, to vet candidates before an interview, and to vet candidates after an interview.
- It’s a list of responsibilities.
The point is to focus on the results you achieved, not your responsibilities.
- You’re the only one who likes it.
If you’re not getting any interviews, your resume is not fine. Get some advice, get some help, and make a change!
Martin Buckland, Principal of Elite Resumes, is one of Canada’s leading authorities on highly effective resume writing, high impact cover letters, successful job-search strategies, executive coaching, personal branding, interview tutoring and social media career strategies. He has many years of training, experience, professional development and industry knowledge. Tap into his elite network of key human resources, executive search firm and placement contacts. Visit Martin at http://www.aneliteresume.com.