Improve your Resume
Six Seconds to Fame
Learn how to use your six seconds to fame to give yourself the success you want. Star gazing is great for dreaming of success. Once you have that dream of success, know how to make a plan.
Making a plan needs a road map and a target. You decide your target. Here you find tips and tweaks to make your resume the road map to reach your target. Your target is the job you want.
Keep a Targeted Employer interested in you
You want to keep a targeted Employer interested in your. Do Employers and Recruiters have a pattern for accepting or eliminating resumes from the “best” pile? Do you think we spend at least five minutes on a new resume that hits our inbox? Five minutes to decide if we move ahead and pick up the phone or whip out an email to you to set up a first interview.
That’s not true
New statistics on surveys tell me the real figure we spend on your resume is six seconds and I agree. We have a format or criteria we are looking for and a process we use to find it quickly. If the criteria is immediately available we dig deeper for corroboration. If not, the resume is rejected.
It’s that simple and that quick.
We are looking for information that influences us to make a decision to choose you.
Influence The Decision Maker
Resume First Look Overview
- Use clean formatting with no italics or underlining
- Keep it simple – no long-winded sentences or paragraphs.
- Use one or two pages depending on the depth of your experience
- Use white space generously
Use These Resume Headers
- Name, telephone, email address. Address if you think it’s necessary for job location
- Summary also called Profile
- Work Experience – Include Achievements
- About (you)
Use the Summary to describe who you are, where you are in your career and what strengths and capabilities you bring. Finish with how these skills will benefit the employer. Be clear and concise and use short digestible bites.
An Employer uses your Summary as the baseline to search your work experience to corroborate your summary statement. Use positive energy to show what you did and the scope of your experience.
Use Work Experience to Identify the Employer and dates employed. List and highlight your primary work and accomplishments. Again, use points and easy to read quick bites. Use a descending order to list your positions and that means most recent to last.
Education includes any relevant designations, degrees and courses you completed. Don’t include information not relevant to your current job search.
Finish your resume with a short About paragraph. Include information that corroborates the profile you present in your Summary.
References do not need to be included. Please have pre-approved references ready to send as soon as they are requested.
More resumes tweaks
Surveys say Job-seekers spend 50 seconds or less reading a job ad before firing off a resume. I agree because 99.9% of the resumes we receive from the Indeed job board have no qualifications at all. None.
So unless the ad says candidates with less experience considered, and you don’t meet the educational requirements, you are just wasting your time and mine.
Help yourself succeed
Make the big four Headers – Summary, Work Experience and Education available with accurate dates. Make them easy for an Employer to find and be impressed with the best of your resume. Show resume continuity between the job you want and your experience and work history.
Make your resume easy to follow to explain why you are ready for the job you are applying for. In a nutshell – your resume shows what you want to do, what you can do and what you have done. This is the corroboration you need to influence an Employer.
Be certain all information you provide highlights the qualifications outlined in the job you are applying for. It might not be as obvious as you think to make the connection between what you do now and what you want to do, even if it’s the next logical step. Employers won’t make that assumption for you.
You actually need to spell it out. Over and over I hear from Clients – “but they don’t say on their resumes they want to do, so how do we know for sure?”
Some other quick but important points to narrow your odds:
- send your resume as a Word attachment please, not a pdf. Some pdf.’s are read-only documents, some pdf’s don’t scan – and many of the bigger companies use word-search resume systems which pick up your resume based on a key word search. Most of these systems can’t read or search a pdf document at all and that means instant rejection.
- use key-words in your resume that the Recruiter or Hiring Manager has used in their job profile. Is your LinkedIn profile as energy charged as your description of your skill base on your resume? A minimal profile will negatively impact your chances in senior positions.
- so simple but often forgotten – please use your spell-check. One mistake can make the difference.
Preparation can be frustrating. I know you get all kinds of advice about resumes and maybe paid a professional resume writer to set yours up. I hear it all the time. These changes are worth making to improve your chances of success.
My answer is how many people did your “expert” place in jobs in the past month, year? Recruiters spend time overcoming client objections to get our candidates in the door. We know a great resume works. Read more resume tips
Make your next Six Seconds to Fame work for you – make your resume the key that successfully unlocks the interview door and the step-up to getting job you want!