Does your resume look like your grandfather put it together in about 15 minutes? If you were a hiring manager, would you be impressed with your own resume? Does your resume still have an objective that says something like, “to get an exciting job in my field?” And does your resume still have the last line that says References available upon request?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, it is time to change to that worn out resume. When you begin looking for a new job, you have to put together a marketing package that could sell ice to Eskimos. One large part of that marketing package is you but another large part is your resume.
Make some changes
If you want to use your resume to increase your salary 10%, 15%, even 20%, then make some minor changes and hope for the best. If you want to increase your salary 40% or 50%, then make some drastic changes and even consider hiring a professional to help you with your resume.
In today’s flooded job market, your resume is your one and only chance to get noticed by a company and get your foot in the door for the interview. So, you had better be targeting that audience with the most aggressive and effective language possible. Just like a marketing brochure, your resume needs to catch the customer’s interest, it needs to carry them through from start to finish and it needs to entice them to call you for an interview.
Here are a few simple changes that will help your resume considerably. First, dump that career objective for a professional profile. Everyone wants to find an exciting job in their field. Also dump the references line at the end of your resume. Everyone knows that you will provide references and you can be fairly sure that almost all companies will ask for them.
Another simple change that can have positive effects on the response to your resume is to break out of the standard resume format from the 80’s. Start using some of the powerful publishing tools available today and make your resume look like it is from the 21st century. Add dividing lines, formatted tables with bulleted points and as much information as possible.
Remove the restrictions
In today’s job market, you no longer need to restrict your resume to one page. Mine actually runs three pages and it is packed with as much information as possible. Take the time to look at any job board’s free resume samples and create a style of your own. Then, run it by your friends to see if they like it or think you need to make changes.
Pay special attention to any key words that are repeated throughout the samples you are looking at and use them throughout your resume as well. Remember, employers are performing key word searches to find prospective employees as well.
Finally, style your resume so that when you read it objectively, you feel excited about possibly interviewing the person it is describing. Pack your first page with a professional profile, a list of your best skills, a list of all of the applications you have experience with and one or two of your past employers. Then continue your employment history on the next page. Finally, close your resume with an Education section and even an additional information section that provides even more information that will make an employer want to hire you.
Once you create a resume that can sell ice to Eskimos, you are well on your way to increasing your salary a minimum of 30%. My last resume update helped me increase my salary 66%.