Resume Tailored to perfection- or not?

OK I do not want this to be some meaningless rant, but I spend a lot….no really A LOT of time going through resumes with people. I tell them the good the bad and the ugly. I go line by line and tell them what to add, what to take out, what to reword  and how to say some things better. I take pride in helping people with this.

SO…I must ask why don’t you listen to me? Why would you add 1 word into your resume and send it back to me asking if this is better?

A great resume can get you an interview! So a few things to remember:

  1. Do not use the same 4 bullet points under every job description copy and paste is never a good selling point!
  2. If you consider yourself an expert in Excel do not simply list Excel on your resume, show how you use it
  3. If you have a list of skills and software broken out at the top of your resume, be sure to add it into the bullet points of your jobs as well, hiring managers like to see how and when you gained your experience and used these skills
  4. If you spent 3 months on a contract for one role and it has 15 bullet points and 8 years at a FTE role and it has 3 bullet points this raises a question mark, make sure you are adding real experience from all roles
  5. It is no longer important for a resume to fit on 1 page, but it should not be 12 pages either
  6. The top Objective – Almost Every single person writes a version of “Looking for a role where I can build on my past experiences. I am self-motivated and work well individually or in a team environment. I am looking for a company this is interested in efficiency and performance.”  OK this is the header of your resume! The thing that is going to draw people in and sell you; and I am 3 sentences in and I still do not know what you do! How about a Summary of your career past and your goal for your next role. “I have 13 years of experience as a Business Analyst in both Finance and Healthcare industries. I have experience leading JAD sessions and creating BRDs and FRDs. My ability to listen to my clients needs and to ask the right questions enables me to document the requirements and to communicate their needs with the technical team. I am currently looking for a new Business Analyst role and am available to interview immediately. Honestly I just typed this off the top of my head and more can be added, but I think you get my point.

Most importantly don’t let me tell you all of this in a 1 on 1 meeting and then send me back a resume with the word Excel added under every job.

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About katherinenoto

I am originally from NY and spent the beginning of my career working as an IT Project Manager and Asset Manager. I unfortunately was laid off and had to make some tough decisions about what I wanted to do next. I decided I wanted to get into Human Resources and recruiting so I could help out other people in my situation. It was truly the best decision I have ever made! That was 2 years ago in Novemeber of 2009 and I have been thrilled to come to work everyday since!

One thought on “Resume Tailored to perfection- or not?

  1. Katherine, good piece. I encourage people to use a concept called “Above the fold” which was taken from the newspaper industry.

    Essentially, if the resume’ doesn’t catch the eye of the reviewer in the top half of the first page, there is a good chance that it will be set aside. Recruiters and hiring managers are not going to go over every resume’ in detail – the resume’ has to show in the top half of the first page that the candidate is relevant to the job at hand.

    I write about this on my blog – http://richgrunenwald.blogspot.com/2010/01/using-your-resume-to-turn-inquiries.html. You are correct – candidates would be well served to understand how recruiters and hiring managers review resume’s and then tailor their resume’s to what the recruiter is looking for. Make it easy for me as a hiring professional to recognize your talents and fit for the job at hand, and you will have more success in your search.

    Rich