Tristan talks about a couple of resume issues you can resolve today. With resumes being incredibly important to the hiring process, you always want to keep at the forefront that this is a marketing document that should be tailored for the target audience you’re trying to reach. There’s no one size fits all approach, but these tips can help keep your job search moving forward.
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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. On this episode, let’s talk about a couple of resume issues you can resolve today.
While I provide advice on all facets of careers, the most common questions I encounter involve the resume. These necessary but mysterious documents always bring about frustration and confusion, mainly because there is no one right way to write a resume, and everyone’s career journey is unique. While I’ve spoken to a couple of resume mistakes you might be making previously, there are a few more issues that I think you can resolve fairly quickly.
First, ditch the objective and move to a summary. A summary should be at the top of every resume that you create, especially if you are someone who is trying to transition from one industry to another. Including a summary allows you to explain your unique value proposition, essentially why you are a fit for the job, even if your previous experience may not be directly related. If you have an issue figuring out what to put in your summary, take a moment to search Google, Indeed, and LinkedIn for positions you want or similar to what you want. Identify the top 5 skills or qualities they all have in common. Figure out where or how you demonstrated that skill in previous jobs and utilize that to draft your summary.
Next, don’t leave any unexplained gaps in your experience. Recruiters and hiring managers have creative imaginations. If you leave your gap unexplained, they either assume you were doing nothing or begin to create stories about what happened and what you were doing during that time. If you were laid off, add a bullet point to the end of that job description saying something like “position eliminated due to a company restructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.” If you took time off to take care of a family member, you could do something similar, or you could even add a job to your experience explaining some of the relevant skills you gained while taking care of that family member.
Lastly, remove any company descriptions from your resume. Many people utilize valuable resume real estate to describe their companies instead of their work. While I know it can be tempting to discuss what your previous employers did, especially if you worked at a small business or startup, your resume should be about you. If a recruiter wants to know about the company, they will take the time to Google it. Remember, your resume is a document that should be selling your skills, the results you drive, and the value you provide, don’t waste precious space explaining your previous company.
With resumes being incredibly important to the hiring process, you always want to keep at the forefront that this is a marketing document that should be tailored for the target audience you’re trying to reach. There’s no one size fits all approach, but these tips can help keep your job search moving forward.
This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.