Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Five Great Ways To Spring Clean Your Résumé

By Ford R. Myers

If you find that your résumé isn't getting the results you want, spring is the perfect time to clean it up.
Ford R. Myers, Career Coach, Speaker and Author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, 2009,, suggests the following five tips to freshen up your résumé this spring.

1. BE BRIEF:  Less is Always More
Of the five main sections of a résumé - Personal Information, Career Summary, Professional Experience, Education and Affiliations or Professional Development - the Career Summary is where brevity counts most.

"The Summary is a brief statement of who you are, where you're 'coming from,' and what skills and expertise you have to contribute to an organization. All you'll need to grab the reader's attention are five or six lines of text highlighting the benefits and contributions you offer as a professional," states Myers.

Résumés that get noticed focus on specific results. Quantify everything you can, including retention rates, sales numbers, profit margins, performance quotas, and so on. Whenever possible, use percentages, dollars and hard numbers.

"Although individuals should be as specific as possible throughout the entire résumé, this tip should be exercised most in the 'Professional Experience' section. Here is where your past jobs, roles, responsibilities, and accomplishments are listed.  It's also where most employers and recruiters focus 90% of their attention.

The information you present here, and how you present it, can decide the fate of your candidacy within about 10 seconds of scanning time," explains Myers.

Myers urgesrésumé  writers to use strong action verbs at the beginning of every sentence. Words such as "create," "launch," "initiate,"  "devise" and "conduct" have a lot more impact than a vague phrase such as "was responsible for."

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