New Year’s Resume Resolution

Wednesday, 4. January 2012

ResumeMag would like to wish all of our faithful readers a Happy New Year. By now, many of us are well into our New Year’s resolutions, like quitting a bad habit, hitting up the gym to shed those excess holiday pounds, thinking of ways to make more money, or building new relationships.

As professional resume writers we believe that the New Year’s resolution doesn’t only apply to yourself, but you can also make resolutions for your resume. After all, to a potential employer, your resume is you.

We’ve taken the four most common resolutions and have applied them to your resume:

1) Quit Bad Habits

Bad habits come in all forms when it comes to your resume. Ask any recruiter, hiring manager or professional resume writer about the most common mistakes they see and without any hesitation they can list off a grocery list of mistakes that could have easily been avoided with some simple proofreading.

It doesn’t take long, but many job seekers still have the bad habit of sending out their resumes without first having them checked over. Sending out a resume with such things as typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors is the sure fire way to have your resume filed in the circular filing cabinet. So this year, make sure you proofread all of your correspondence, which also includes your cover letters, emails and any applications you submit.

Another bad habit to quit for 2012 is the ‘one-size fits all resume’. Sending out a template resume that is not tailored to the specific position you are applying for not only wastes your time, but also that of the company’s. So make this year’s resolution all about creating a new resume for each position you apply for. The time and effort that you take to tailor your resume will show, thus giving you a better chance to get your foot in the door.

2) Shed Excess Weight

It can be easy to end up with an obese resume, whether it is because you’ve listed every single job you have ever had, or it is jammed packed with useless information. Whatever the case is, it’s easy to lose control and end up with a beefy resume. Your 2012 resume resolution should be to slim down your resume, making it more attractive to potential employers.

One if the easiest ways to shed the excess weight is to remove irrelevant content, such as the standard ‘References available upon request’ line and anything else that isn’t relevant to the position you are applying for, like hobbies and interests or certificates and accreditations. A professional resume writer can also help you to tighten up the writing, making your resume more concise and to the point.

3) Make More Money

One of the best ways to make more money with your resume is to make it more appealing to a hiring manger. Instead of reiterating what your old job descriptions were, use that valuable space to showcase your worth by explaining, not only how you helped to save or make your previous employer money, but also by quantifying your results.

Another thing you can do to help your resume make you money is by hiring a professional resume writer, because as the old adage goes, sometimes you have to spend money to make money.

4) Fall In Love

When applying for a position that you know you will love, take the time to create a resume that shows your devotion to the position and to the company. This includes such things as creating a tailor made resume, that not only speaks to the specific position, but to specific company needs as well. An inside tip to help you accomplish this is to use the same phrases and keywords that the company itself used in their requirements section of their job posting.

So start the year off right, and try these four resume resolutions.

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