Everyone has something they consider “tried and true” that has provided them with consistent results every time. For some job seekers, that something is their resume. It’s possible that, 10 years ago, when they conducted their previous job searches, it worked wonders in scoring a lot of interviews. But these days, after initiating a new job search, it just doesn’t seem to get the same results.
Are you in this position? Do you have a resume that meant the world to you in the past but now isn’t raking in the interview calls? It may be time to retire the old resume and start with something fresh. Here are some ways to help you get this done:
Replace the Objective Statement
One resume item that was once acceptable but has fallen into the “old” category as of late is the objective statement. Over the years, hiring managers have grown bored with the same one-line statement that explains very broadly why the candidate is applying for a position.
To spruce up your resume, try ditching the old objective and replace it with a career summary. It highlights approximately five great moments in your career that align specifically with the qualifications the prospective employer is looking for in a candidate.
Add a Headline/Job Target
Another way to show that your resume has entered the new millennium is by adding a headline/job target. This brief statement, which bears resemblance to an attention-getting subject of an e-mail, gives you the opportunity to sell yourself as a top candidate in just a few words.
Here is an example of a headline: “5-Time Award-Winning Biochemist with 10-Years of Experience Seeks Long-Term Lab Research Position.” By showcasing intriguing career highlights and touching on her level of experience, this person could successfully tempt a recruiter or hiring manager to see what else she brings to the table.
Ditch the “Duties Included” Statements
Resumes of the past were notorious for statements like “duties included” or “responsibilities included”. While they may have been true statements, they showcased a more passive candidate who has only accomplished projects handed out rather than those initiated on his or her own.
A way to sidestep these old statements is to replace them with action-oriented statements that begin with words such as: initiated, developed, organized, conducted, directed, planned, selected, created, or prepared, among others. By pointing out that you took action in your jobs, you prove you have leadership qualities, which are highly sought after by employers looking for candidates.
There is no greater feeling than knowing you were able to see an increase in interview calls just by making some adjustments to your resume. By replacing, adding, and ditching a few key sections, you have the opportunity to create a fresh resume that could easily score you an amazing position.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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