Revamping Your Resume
Over the years many things have changed in the working world – professional versus casual attire, working remote versus in the office, 9-5 hours versus a flexible schedule, the list goes on. One thing that has remained consistent is the expectation to submit a resume when applying for a job. Sure, they can be submitted electronically versus on paper, but regardless, employers still expect a comprehensive resume to accompany a job application.
“It is your most valuable marketing document in your job search, your first introduction to a company's hiring manager and the go-to reference for your career.”
There are so many resources out there to help guide individuals towards a polished resume. I know the Career Center at Chico’s local university offers resume and cover letter assistance to all alumni, for life. I am not going to recreate the wheel, but rather provide a few quick tips from a Robert Half blog titled The Do’s and Don’ts of Resume Writing to help you construct a resume that will get recruiters/employers to take a second look.
• Customize your resume every time
• Show off your tech skills
• Highlight your achievements
• Note your accomplishments
• Proofread and proofread again
• Give a heads up to your references
• Keep it updated
• Misrepresent your education or job experience
• Give reasons for leaving each job
• Get too personal
• State "References available upon request"
• Worry about using exact dates
• Experiment with a crazy format
• Use your company phone number or email
• Include your high school education if you're a
• Include your college GPA
• List past salary information
I want to point out that these lists change over time. Some of the Don’ts use to be on the Do’s list, but our culture continuously refines what is important and what is not. Also, if you happen to include a “Don’t” on your resume, that doesn’t mean it will get tossed to the side. The real takeaway is to make your resume original and something that accurately represents you as a capable professional.
If you’d like suggestions on your resume, feel free to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and our People Solutions team will take a look at it!
About the Author
Janae Swartz is a consultant with Morrison, working primarily in our People Solutions practice. To get in touch with Janae, please find contact information for Morrison here.