David wanted to update his resume for a job that was closing this week. He did a great job and needed only a few last-minute recommendations to maximize his chances of being selected for the role he wanted.
If 2022 is the year you want to find a new job, these tips might be useful for you too.
𝟭. 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁.
There should be only one title throughout your documents.
If you’re using the title of “General Manager” on your resume, don’t change it to “Senior Executive” for your cover letter.
𝟮. 𝗛𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿.
Your opening sentence should give the reader an immediate sense of whether or not you’re a match for the role they need to fill. Write a sentence that demonstrates you can take the reins of the role and hit the ground running. Here are three examples from different professionals:
⭐Fearless sales leader implements innovative strategies that fuel growth and exceed sales targets.
Chief Executive Officer
⭐Entrepreneurial executive achieves and fortifies aggressive and sustainable growth.
⭐Savvy recruiting manager shatters hiring goals for Fortune 100 companies.
𝟯. 𝗨𝘀𝗲 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗯𝘀.
Each bullet point deserves the readers’ attention. Capture it starting with an action word then explain what you did and why.
Corporate Account Manager
⭐Secured country’s first buyer-funded sale reaching 150% of performance target.
Senior Sales Executive
⭐Salvaged floundering business line, rebuilt sales team then multiplied recurring revenue from $1M to $4.8M.
Director-General, Government Agency
⭐Championed and secured $1.5B government investment in “X” within one year.
𝟰. 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀.
Bad design isn’t going to crush your chance of being screened-in, but it’s certainly not going to help. Formatting, or lack thereof, can send a clear message about how well organized you are, how well you communicate and how much you are investing of yourself into this hiring process (and your first impression with this company).
𝟱. 𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘆.
Chances are good you’ve got recent stories that are bigger, bolder and more relevant to the job you want, than some of your older accomplishments (not always the case, but often). Remove previous smaller examples to highlight and feature the more recent ones.
The jury is still out on David’s application as he’s submitting this week, but these tips will serve you well when it’s your turn to update your resume.
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About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.