DIY Resume Makeover Tips
Have you been thinking of updating your resume, but have absolutely no clue where to get started? Resume writing and resume editing can be a daunting task. And we get it — not everyone can afford to hire a professional resume writing service.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Using these quick tips, you will be able to see your resume in a new light and gain the confidence to update your resume in no time.
Tip #1 Update Your Address
Replace your complete mailing address with simply your city and state. At this point in the hiring process, the recruiter doesn’t need your full street address. Listing only your city and state will help prevent socioeconomic discrimination. If you live in a small suburb, listing the closest metro area instead wouldn’t be a bad idea. This prevents unfair treatment against you if an employer assumes you would be unwilling to commute to their location. On top of that, it also helps protect you from possible identity theft.
Tip #2 Add Your LinkedIn URL
Your LinkedIn URL should be listed along with your phone number, email address, and city/state near the top of your resume, so that employers can learn more about you before offering you an interview. If you are concerned about an employer discriminating against you based on your LinkedIn profile picture, you can choose to hide your LinkedIn profile pic from anyone who is not connected to you as a 1st level connection on LinkedIn.
• Bonus tip! Click here for a step-by-step guide to how to enhance your LinkedIn URL by transforming it from the autogenerated URL (such as www.linkedin.com/john-smith-123456789) to a short and sweet URL like this lovely one: linkedin.com/in/j-smith.
Tip #3 Remove Your Objective Statement
Many jobseekers were taught to include an Objective Statement near the top of their resume stating what kind of position they are searching for. The Objective Statement is now considered redundant and outdated. And it’s no wonder — the objective of a resume is always to get the job you are applying to, right? It is absolutely no longer needed. Instead, replace this section with a career Summary section just under your contact info. You should include approximately 2–5 sentences that highlight your years of experience and top skills relevant to the position you are applying for. The website Indeed.com has a great article about how to write an effective Summary.
Tip #4 Transforms Chunky Paragraphs into Concise Bullet Points
Recruiters typically review hundreds of resumes each day. On average, recruiters spend six to seven seconds reading a resume. No, but, seriously. It’s true. Chunky paragraphs won’t do your resume any good in this environment. Your resume must be easily skim-able so that a recruiter can quickly see that you have the basic qualifications for the position.
- Bonus Tip! Remove the words “I”, “We”, and “They” from your text. Every word on your resume should have a meaning and purpose. Resume are written in “First Person Implied”. Here are a few examples of what that should look like:
- “Coordinated over 50 private events including weddings, birthday parties and anniversary celebrations.”
- “Oversaw digital marketing activities that lead to an increase in sales by 15%.”
- “Monitored the implementation of numerous new HR procedures to ensure employee satisfaction.”
Tip #5 Spell Check & Grammar Check
Working as a recruiter for the last 9 years, I’ve seen my fair share of spelling errors, grammatical errors, and typos. In a professional document like a resume, they stick right out like a sore thumb. It’s always helpful to have a second (or third) set of eyes read over your resume to point out any spelling or grammatical errors. So grab a friend, family member, or trusted colleague to give it a look.
Don’t have an extra set of eyes available? Not a problem! If you’re editing your document using Microsoft Word, use the “F7” function on your keyboard to enable the spell-check mode. Next, run your resume through a grammar checking website or application. One of our [FREE] favorites to use is Grammarly, an extension for Google Chrome.
Tip #6 Make It Shine, Baby!
You are an articulate, dedicated professional. Your resume should show that off and work just as hard as you do! Remove passive phrases from your text such as “Responsible for”, “Assisted with”, “Worked on”, “Helped”. Instead, begin each bullet point with a powerful Action Verb.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Pioneered, Revitalized, Catapulted, Championed, Spearheaded, United, Integrated.
Remember, your resume is not a copy and paste of your current job description. It is a tool to show how you did your job above and beyond the standard, how you improved each company you’ve worked for, how you created unique and lasting impressions with clients. Make sure your bullet points give the full picture of why YOU are not only qualified, but the absolute best choice for this position.
Last but not least: it’s not bragging if they are *facts*. Consider each bullet point the tangible evidence (using numbers, if possible) of your career accomplishments. Show what problem the company had, who you helped, how you resolved the problem, and what improvements it resulted in.
Still feel like you need help taking your resume to the next level? Save yourself time and headache by reaching out to a Professional Resume Writer today for a consultation on your resume and LinkedIn profile.
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