Do you know the quickest way to improve your resume right now? Here are a few quick tips on what to do:
1) Make sure your language skills are front and center on the resume - do you speak fluently another language? Can you comprehend another language but not speak it? Include this information on your resume as clearly (and honestly) as possible. You just do not know when that will be the impetus to get you in the door for an interview. Of course, do NOT stretch the truth. If you say you know French, please know French. Because you might just be interviewed in French during your meetings...
2) Include any volunteer activities that you are involved in. Remember, some of my previous blog posts have talked about how this type of activity can make your stand out so if you have volunteered or created something pro-bono to help a charity or even a family friend, please make reference to it on your resume.
3) Make sure the resume length matches with your industry. If you are a college prof, your resume is called a CV and is super long (hopefully) full of lots of your published works, etc. If you are in finance, it should be no more than 2 pages. If you are a recent college grad, one page is the max.
4) Include quantifiable metrics as much as possible. How much you saved your company with something. Think back to your performance reviews (post on this coming soon) - what did you use to justify asking for a promotion, pay raise or just trying to maintain your current position? How can that be conveyed on your resume to attract the attention of a potential new boss?
5) Try to highlight the best parts of your resume in a summary section - sometimes these can be overdone or just not done right. Try to take the soundbites and/or your elevator pitch about what makes you the best candidate for the job or industry and put it front and center on the first part of your resume.
What do you think about my #proftips on resume improvements? Can you do any of these now to help your resume? If you need help or have questions, leave a comment or send me a chat... Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen