Your Resume … update it NOW!

Resume UpdateNow is the time to update and add power to your resume in preparation for 2015. No matter how weak, unstable or sluggish the economy is, there is a lot of job “churn” during the early part of the year. Although you may not be seeking a position change, you should always be ready to respond to opportunities. There are a few easy “tweaks” that will only take a few minutes to accomplish.

Revise your Resume
Your resume should be concise, properly spaced and not crowded. Some white space and a normal font size such as Time New Roman 12, critical to readability. To achieve these goals, remove unnecessary information to make the important and current accomplishments stand out. For example, delete: multiple phone numbers, e-mail addresses, your supervisor’s name and contact information, and the phrase “references upon request”.

Verify Hyperlink Validity
Today many resume are placed online and use multiple hyperlinks. You want to be certain that the hyperlinks to your e-mail address, website or blog makes it easy for people to contact you or learn more about you. It also demonstrates that you are attentive to details and understand the nuances of the web.

Delete all “Fluff”
Treat your resume as prime real estate, and don’t waste any space with filler. Eliminate lengthy career objective statements such as: “to use my outstanding communication, leadership and analytical skills to advance quickly through a large multinational corporation”. If you don’t have a lot of professional experience, include substantive information about internships, volunteer jobs or even relevant classwork that shows skills that will translate in the intended workplace.

Use the Active Voice
Avoid passive voice phrases such as, “responsible for” or “handled.” Instead, use strong action verbs at the beginning of every sentence, like managed, built, directed, led, supervised, generated, achieved, etc.

Highlight Results
A resume shouldn’t just say what you did, but also what you achieved. “Quantify your measurable results wherever possible. Use stats and specific examples whenever possible.

Never Lie on a Resume
Market Watch, published an article on Sept 20, 2014, entitled “5 big-shots who lied on their resumes.” The article states, in part, “It’s not just the big-shots who lie, of course: 88% of employers who use the company’s screening services said they discovered job candidates who had lied on their applications and resumes.”

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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