Tips to help capture the best "you" on paper
Are you in love with your resume, or does it need a kick-start? Read on for tips to help you capture your best self on paper.
Set your resume up on a one-minute blind date
Give your resume to a friend for one minute. Yes, one minute. Ask them what four things stood out to them in that short timeframe. Ideally, your friend’s answer should reflect the specific attributes that make you the best candidate for the job you are applying for. If your friend’s answer reflects something different revisit the skills/experiences you’ve listed.
Leave your baggage at home
You don’t want to over share, or talk and talk and talk until the other person’s eyes glaze over. Keep your resume short and to the point. Nobody wants to read your entire life story. If you have less than 10 years of experience, keep your resume under one page. Two relevant bullets under each experience entry are much better than four irrelevant bullets and one relevant bullet. Go for quality over quantity. For every item you list on your resume, ask the question, “How will this help the recruiter make a decision on my candidacy?”
Brag about yourself—politely
You’ve likely been on a date with someone who talked seemingly forever about how they solved all the world’s problems. Did it come across as arrogant, or maybe a bit conceited? Your resume will convey a tone—what does yours currently convey? While it’s true your resume is a marketing document, it should also show teamwork and give credit where credit is due. If you partnered with other teams, say that. If you worked with a colleague to put together a business plan, say that. If you worked on a committee, say that. Companies like people who have achieved a lot but who also know it takes more than one person to be successful. Show teamwork skills in your resume.
Once you've given your resume a kick-start, upload it to the Career Services site, PhoenixLink℠. University of Phoenix is actively partnering with hundreds of employers who are searching for qualified candidates. Now's the time to have them fall in love with the paper you.