New Year, New You: Guide to Taking Your Résumé Up a Notch

by Evil HR Lady on February 11, 2016

A résumé is, first and foremost, a marketing document. It’s not supposed to be your entire life history, and it doesn’t include bad things, just good.

Remember marketing. Would Coca-Cola make a commercial that highlighted the sugar content of its flagship product? No? Then don’t put negative things on your résumé either.

You probably don’t need a complete overhaul, but you could bump it up a notch or two. Here are ten ideas to turn your résumé from good to great.

Ditch the Objective

No one wants to work at a corrupt company that abuses its employees and offers no chance for growth, so saying the opposite is just wasting space.

To keep reading, click here: New Year, New You: Guide to Taking Your Résumé Up a Notch

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Katie February 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Hi Suzanne! In the last sentence of the Get Rid of the Fancy Formatting paragraph, you have an extra apostrophe in “don’t”.

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Deb Crall February 11, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Hi Suzanne

I have a question regarding losing the objective. I agree with your statement as to why to take it out. Your suggested wording is correct, but, as a past Director of Recruiting. I think there needs to be a place on the resume that tells the recruiter what you want to be doing and the position you are posting for. Do you have another suggestions as to how to get this message across?

Cover letter may work but not all online tracking systems allow for cover letters and they can become separated from the resume.

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Naomi Austin February 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

I agree with 95% of what you’ve said here but from an international perspective can I just add – find out how things are done in the country you’re applying in.

I’m in New Zealand and we take more of a ‘life story’ approach so CVs are regularly 3 or 4 pages so the advice is don’t go over 5 pages.
Also we don’t put photos on CVs and think they’re generally look cheesy but in someo countries that’s normal.

But the big thing I would add no matter where you live is take out any personal information that’s A. irralevent and B could be used to discriminate against you. I genuinely don’t care if you’re a married, 40 year old catholic with 4 wonderful children it has nothing to do with your ability to do the job but while people shouldn’t discriminate they do so don’t give them the chance.

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