Spring has sprung, and that probably means you’ve spent time cleaning out your closet and watching the Marie Kondo series on Netflix while you determine what sparks joy. But does your resume spark joy? When was the last time you spruced it up? You can spring clean your resume and now is a great time to make that happen. Here are some tips to get you started.
Replace your objective.
Many people still have an objective statement on their resumes, but this section has largely fallen out of fashion. In fact, many experts suggest you don’t need it at all. However, some people have successfully replaced this section with a summary of accomplishments. You can share the successes you had in previous positions to help a potential new employer see at a glance what you have to offer.
Show don’t tell.
In this case, it’s helpful to provide details about your skills. There was a time when a laundry list of skills was common on resumes. Now, it’s expected that you share not just what you did but how you did it. This includes providing data where possible, such as the amount of money you saved your company or other quantifiable information so a hiring manager can see how you might perform for them.
Customize your resume.
A generic resume may not land you the kind of job you want long term. Customization is key for many opportunities. For example, if you submit a resume geared toward administrative positions to an accounting job, you aren’t likely to get a call back. A company wants to see people who have the skills they need. It may be helpful to put together templates for all the categories of jobs you want to consider so you can easily plug in new information when submitting an application.
Remove irrelevant information.
You also need to make sure you’re not including any irrelevant or inappropriate information on your resume. Unless specifically relevant for the job, don’t include anything about religion, race or family status on your resume. Don’t include hobbies unless they provide insight on your ability to do the job at hand. For example, you can leave off video gaming, but if you write a blog, that could showcase your writing ability.
Are you ready to spring into action and find a new job?
Contact the recruiting team at FJC Personnel to learn more today.