The Art of the Resume
Before you begin writing your resume and profile, you need to look at it as a work of art, a craft that has a purpose, which is to land you that dream job you want so badly. Your profile is a marketing tool that markets you. As with any writing craft, shorter is always better. If you have a long resume or LinkedIn profile, most recruiters and hiring managers simply won't have the time to read it all. In this case, they will likely move on to the next profile without a second thought. This means that you need to leave out the
Aside from keeping it short and simple, there are more things you need to omit from your resume and LinkedIn profile. These include:
- Go back no longer than a decade. Recruiters don't really need to know about your first job out of college or what odd jobs you did to put yourself through college. They only want to know about the experience that relates to the position you are applying for, and that's it. Everything else is just adding more unneeded information that will bog down your resume.
- Update your resume and LinkedIn profile frequently, and especially right before you start actively looking for a job and doing interviews. This means that you need to update the last or present job you have with enough description to match the rest of your profile. Again, don't overdo it with too much description, but make sure you've added enough info to catch the eye of a recruiter.
- Take out your hobbies. To be truthful, recruiters are not interested in what you love to do when you're not working. Putting down your hobbies, no matter how interesting they may be, won't set you above the competition so take them out and concentrate on what the hiring manager really wants to see - why you're the best candidate for the position. This has nothing to do with your Netflix binges, love of reading, or the fact that you love to bake elaborate cakes for friends and family.
- Keep your children out of it. Recruiters simply are not interested in the achievements of your child or how this job will help you in your role as a parent. They want to know about you, and only you so keep kids and spouses out of your resume and LinkedIn profile.
- You may not believe this at first, but you really need to get rid of the "objective" section on your resume. An objective should only be included if you are a recent grad with little to no experience in your field. Instead, your LinkedIn profile and resume should speak for itself.
- Use a professional email address. If you're not doing this, make a new email account immediately. Having a goofy or hard to remember email address will look lazy and unprofessional on your side. Instead, create an email address that includes your name. You can use both your first and last name or just your first initial and last name. Try different combinations to come up with the most professional looking and sounding email address.
- When applying for a job, it is really unlikely that you will have to fax your resume. Even if you do have a fax number, take it off your resume. It's just taking up space that could be used for something more important.
- Never use cliches in your resume or LinkedIn profile. Do a good proofread of both and take out any cliches, buzzwords, or anachronisms.
- Let's say you worked at one job for a year and another job for five years. The one year job should have less description that the
- If you held a position for less than six months, take it off your resume. However, if the company asks you to fill out an application, include the position as they may do an employment check regarding the application, and if one job comes up that is missing from your internal application, it could raise eyebrows.
- Remove any non-standard font and formatting. You want your resume to be easy to read.
- If you've been involved with politics in a volunteer capacity, do not put this on your resume or LinkedIn profile. Chances are that the person reading your profile doesn't agree with your political affiliation and if they don't, you can expect them to move on to the next candidate.
- Don't exaggerate any skill set you have, especially when your skill is basic. This includes skills
suchas knowing another language, having computer skills, and more. Imagine how embarrassed you would be if the interviewer asked you a question in Spanish and you couldn't answer, even though you said you could speak Spanish on your resume.
- Even if you have two thousand followers on Facebook or Instagram, this does not make you a social media expert. Managing a company's social media takes a lot more than pleasing friends and family with your vacation photos. So if you haven't handled a social media account for a business or organization, don't say
youare a social media expert on your resume or LinkedIn profile.
- Don't lie. If you have a gap in your resume, don't fudge dates to close the gap. Chances are that if you do, your little lie will be found out sometime down the road. Instead, be upfront and honest about your skills, experience, education, and any gaps in your employment history.
- Finally, proofread your resume and LinkedIn profile over and over again. Have friends do it for you too. The last thing you want on either is a typo, misspelled word, or a grammatically incorrect sentence.
Put it to Good Use
Now that you've brushed up your LinkedIn profile and resume, you should use it to apply to some new opportunities. If you're actively or passively searching for a new job, contact ICS for access to open jobs that are suited towards your career goals. Click below to see our open positions and start applying!