Is your resume ready to do the talking? When is the last time you updated it? If you haven’t done so in the last few months, even if you are not looking for a job or a promotion, it is now out of date.
You should continually look at your resume and update it, tailor it to what you might be looking for, highlight recent accomplishments, and most importantly get past the front door (or HRIS gate).
What if you get a call about your ideal job today? You need to be able to send your resume as soon as possible. The recruiting cycle moves much quicker now and you don’t want that door to close.
What we see frequently with clients we coach is the fact that they are missing major elements from their resumes, thus the potential to be skipped over as the ideal candidate.
ALL individuals should have the following elements in their resumes, NO matter the experience or place in a career path. Check out your resume and on a basic level make sure it has the following:
- Name, Address, Phones, Email, LinkedIn Profile, etc.
- Executive Summary
- Certifications, Awards and Memberships.
Frequently we have seen individuals with 10 plus years’ experience and their education is first on their resumes and there is no executive summary. This is a rookie mistake. Even those individuals just out of school should have an executive summary outlining accomplishments, major skills, and technical expertise at the least and NEVER put your school first unless you are applying for an entry level job or an academic position or program.
Check out BlueFire HR if you are interested in a resume evaluation, interview techniques, or sign-up for an executive coaching package. We want you to get your ideal job, fulfilling a large aspect of your life.