Welcome to 2020. It’s a new year and new decade and it might be the perfect time to begin your search for a new position or career. This process often begins with a resume refresh. As a hiring manager and someone who reviews resumes daily, I have 5 ideas to take your resume to the next level. If you make it past the resume screening software, decision makers spend only a few seconds looking at resumes. Let’s increase the success rate of an in-person interview with these tips.
Remove your physical address from your resume and only include your cell phone number, personal email address, and LinkedIn profile address. Resume screening software can screen you out based on your city if a company isn’t open to relocating a candidate. Resume readers can make rash judgements about where you live and commute times.
Stop using outdated email addresses or personal naming conventions. 1995 called and wants you to stop using your AOL, Yahoo, and Hotmail accounts on resumes. Set up a Gmail or Outlook account. Avoid sharing an email address with a spouse, significant other, or entire family. Also avoid email names that include your birth year, It may or may not be perceived as a strength.
Include active certifications after your name at the top of your resume. Too many CPAs, CIAs, PMPs, etc. bury their hard-earned certifications in the resume. The top of the resume should be eye-catching enough to make the reader want to read more.
Quantify your results with numbers and percentages. Starting with your most recent experience, don’t just rattle off job descriptions, but instead focus on the top 3 results you’re most proud of and demonstrate your worth with numbers.
Update your LinkedIn profile. Your digital resume is as important as the paper version and should coincide with your resume. Have a personal photo, selfie, or no photo on LinkedIn? Time for a professional headshot. From a content perspective, there’s no need to go into as much depth on LinkedIn as your resume, but recruiters and companies do want to see the basics including companies, titles, and dates. If you’re actively looking, LinkedIn has a setting you can turn on to notify recruiters you’re actively looking but proceed with caution. It’s possible your current employer could be tipped off by someone with access to this information.