I help a lot of people with their resumes. Lots of people are looking for jobs, especially after they’ve taken one of our training courses. Instead of writing custom letters to each person (I do a lot), here is a summary of my usual thoughts…
- 2 pages. Perfect. More than 2 is not necessary. Most people don’t read past the first half-page anyway
- Almost every resume I see is pretty much EXACTLY the same, are you the same as others? Absolutely not. If that’s the case, then spend time making your resume kick some serious ass.
I would do the following:
- You (employer or company) desire me.
- I don’t necessarily desire you (company).
- I’m worth every penny.
- I’m willing to interview you (the company) just as much as you interview me
- You (company) need to know why it would be foolish NOT to bring me in (or hire me)
- I’m more than a resume, a piece of paper
- Care about me, because if you get me, you’ll want to utilize me to the fullest
- I’m not interested in being a cog in a wheel. I’m interested in creating value.
- So, (company), I’m going to help you out. Go here, here and here (websites, links, etc) about me. My resume is a start point, but after that, our conversations will lead you to a better understanding and informed decision.
- Shorten your resume. People don’t read paragraphs. People read bullets
- Make it stick. I like to use a value proposition as a header… something like: “Why you should hire me:” // “Don’t lose this opportunity:” // “Why I kick serious ass:” (understand your audience here) // “How I’ve changed companies:” // “How I create value:” // “Here’s what people are saying about me:” (insert quotes from linkedin or whatever) // “Read this first:” (I like this one, because it is a call to action for them to read THIS (whatever that is) FIRST. Get them hooked) // …. … or use a powerful action word.
- ***EXAMPLE*** — I had one person I helped with their resume have each header be a one word power-word… Her headers were like: “Boom” // “Dynamite!” // “Value” // “Engaging” // … something like that. She actually got a compliment on her resume by her hiring boss! LOL.
- Get online presence. Again, you’re more than a piece of paper.
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