When was the last time you updated your resume? A week ago, 6 months ago, last year maybe? Can’t remember? Whenever it was, this week’s CWK workshop is for you. I broke down resume do’s and don’ts to help you ace your informal introduction. Resume red flags, your digital footprint, and my #1 resume tip are all included. Let’s get started!
If you want to get the attention of hiring managers you’ll want to include the 3 R’s of resumes; relevant, real, and real time experience.
There are two glaring, inescapable resume no-no’s every hiring manager hates to see.
The first is mismatched dates. The dates on your resume and LinkedIn should be the same or else you risk the potential employer assuming you’re lazy, or even worse, you’re lying. Make sure your story is crafted all the way through to present your best.
The second is an unprofessional email address. Here’s a real life example for you.
A friend of mine who was hiring for a marketing position was introduced to a potential candidate through a mutual friend. She initially thought they’d be a shoe in, but the applicant had a hotmail account. You may ask ‘what’s the big deal?’ Well, in the marketing world companies are expecting hires to be on top of industry advances, so having an email account that’s probably from the 90s could indicate to them that you’re behind the new trends. It’s best to retire the aol, yahoo, and hotmail accounts and opt for a gmail or an email with your personal url for a clean, professional look.
Google and LinkedIn are the new resumes on the block. Before formally meeting and getting to know you, your potential employer – or connection, date, colleague, etc – is reviewing you online!
If you didn’t already know, your LinkedIn account is your #1 search result. – Try Googling your name plus your state or company to see for yourself. – That’s because LinkedIn is the oldest social networking platform and it is crawled by Google. We can’t talk about resumes and not talk about your digital footprint. Your next step is getting your profile ready with the help of my free download 5 Ways to Supercharge Your LinkedIn.
Hiring managers go through tons of resumes and applications so my number one resume tip is to assume everyone is lazy and their eyeballs hurt. In other words, make your resume easy to read and accessible. Think of it as a one stop shop – include your contact information, plus clickable links to your websites, profiles, and portfolios. The easier you make it to read, the better impression you’ll make.
You may hate talking about yourself and you’re not alone!
Here are my top tips on making it easier: