Master certified resume writer Dawn Bugni sees it too often: Ineffective resumes with 1990s tactics that no longer work.
“Now we’re in a competitive job market. Before you had more jobs than applicants and the sell wasn’t as hard,” explains the owner of The Write Solution in Atkinson, N.C. and a veteran resume writer. Today, applicants must differentiate themselves in their resumes.
That means that if you haven’t gotten the memo about old resume practices to avoid, now is the time to pay attention. Bugni offers insight on dinosaur elements that should be long gone.
Old template-style formats: Microsoft Word templates offer a cookie-cutter approach. Instead you should aim for tastefully done, professionally-different resume that attracts attention. Don’t be afraid to use colors and graphics, if appropriate for your industry.
One-page resume: Long gone are the days that resumes needed to be contained to one page. Bugni says she does not follow any arbitrary “rule” unfounded in any logic or reason. “A resume should be as long as it needs to be to convey your value … and not one word more.” she adds. She says she has summarized a 30-year career in one page and written a two-page document for a new grad. Each reflected an effective approach based on the specifics of their search, the details of their positions and what they did in their career.
Excessive contact info: There is no longer a need to list your address and fax number. Your professional and cell number is more than enough.
Objective lines: Avoid writing that you’re looking for a job in the form of an objective line. Instead, develop your unique value proposition in a summary and tie it with what the company needs. Hiring managers want to know what’s in it for them, not what you want or need.
Reference lines: Don’t waste space by putting “references upon request” on your resume. Provide a list when it’s requested and make sure those on your list and ready for a possible call.
Old employer listings: If you’re older and list in your multi-page resume jobs that date back to the 1960s, then you’re branding yourself "old as dirt," Bugni explains. Given that age discrimination does exist, this is something you should avoid. Stick to the most relevant experience.
Average skills inventory: No one will be impressed with an explanation of how you’re good with MS Word or Excel. Stick to showcasing skills and knowledge that really help you stand out. Also, don’t forget to list any training and certification that you’ve received that has kept you current.
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