Your resume needs to be concise, clean and to the point. Period.
The relevancy of your resume should be custom tailored to the position in which you are applying…it is paramount. The job hunter that mass emails generic form resumes for multiple job postings tells me two things specifically.
- Our job posting was not important enough for the job hunter to custom tailor a resume that matches the specific job description; and
- We assume the job hunter is too lazy to put out the extra effort to fine tune their resume.
So how do we know if the resume is generic? It’s quite simple. The area that describes the position desired, covers a generic, broad range of positions or the job hunter has not proof read his resume and left a different position desired in place of the actual job offered. Either way, these resumes get tossed to the side or into the trash. Identify the exact position and go all in.
Structure and Grammar
Limit your resume to no more than two pages. Identify your educational history, relevant previous job descriptions in detail and put verifiable references on the resume. Explain any breaks in employment and if you have been self-employed, identify those times as well. We like to see resumes that are of the same font. Enlarge or bold areas of differentiation or critical accomplishments. Speaking of accomplishments, list those that are relevant and speak to your success. Spell check must be your friend and there is no excuse for poor grammar.
We prefer to see a cover letter that tells about you, I want to know who I am potentially hiring. Tell me what you can bring to the table and what your expectations and career goals are as you move upward.Many people will hire a resume service to write their resumes. While this is a good method of getting a resume done that is neat and effective, ask yourself if you would hire someone that cannot effectively communicate themselves.
Finally, always know your audience and be ready for a phone call. Typically, those people that walk in our door or take the effort to make a phone call are usually the ones we remember…and the ones we hire.
Authored by Randy Allgood – Lead Instructor at American Adjuster Academy