Tips For a Rocking Résumé

Episode 62

Are you actively looking for a change in your career path? Before you really get the wheels in motion, you need to review your résumé. The business landscape is changing, and you want your calling card to be at the top of the pile. Join Mark and Jonathan as they share their go-to tips for a rocking résumé.

Host(s): Jonathan Saar from Market Me Social and Mark Howell from Howl Creative Concepts

Show Highlights

What should be on your résumé? What shouldn’t be on your résumé? How does your language represent who you are and your emotional intelligence? Writing a résumé doesn’t need to be difficult, but there are some very clear guidelines that need to be followed if you are to attract the right kind of attention. This article will discuss the top three components you need to be considering when updating your résumé.

Key Questions/Topics Covered

Is there ever a reason to put your entire work history on a résumé?

The answer to this question is absolutely not! Understand that most corporate offices are flooded with résumés. If yours is pages long and reads like an autobiography, chances are you are going to the bottom of the pile. You need to avoid including a work history that goes too far back or lists previous employment that has absolutely nothing to do with the current job you are applying for. While you may feel that it shows your well-rounded experience, it also can give the appearance that you have a difficult time sticking to something.

The DOs and DON’Ts of the skills section

Firstly, again, beware of listing too many things. Focus on the top skills you are truly good at, known for, and won’t stutter when the interviewer asks you to share examples of how you are the master of this skill. Nothing is worse than being caught exaggerating one’s skillset.

Secondly, toss it up. List your technical skills but don’t forget about your interpersonal or soft skills. It’s all well and good that you are a master at Excel but are you also that coveted buzz phrase, a team player? Adding in both gives a higher-level overview of who you are and what you bring to the table.

What part does emotional intelligence play when creating a résumé?

If you are lacking in the emotional intelligence department, it will show on your résumé. You need the skill and the will to land that dream job and keep it. Times have changed, and employers want to see that you have the ability to listen, learn, and genuinely engage with their existing team. We talk a lot about company culture and how you need to find the right fit. Well, the same goes for companies looking to hire. They need to know you are a match for their culture, and how you present yourself on your résumé will be their first impression of who you are.

Final takeaway for a rocking résumé

Above all else, be authentic and keep it simple. Try to keep to one page and prominently demonstrate who you are and how you will be the next MVP on the team. 

Class dismissed!

Jonathan’s Tip:
Don’t forget about your LinkedIn profile! Remember it’s not your résumé but a place that most companies will go to do more research on applicants.

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