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Executive recruiters and hiring managers are all too familiar with the look of resume templates and resume-template services, said Barbara Safani, the owner of Career Solvers a New York career-management firm. They are easy to spot by hiring managers, and it is pretty easy to figure out you took a shortcut, she said. That is not exactly the image you want to convey to hiring managers. The last place you want to look like everyone else, she said, is in a job search where you are trying to stand out from the crowd. Templates are easy to spot because many use outdated formats, styles and hackneyed and cliched phrases that convey personal attributes without proving impact, Safani said. They are also readily identifiable because so many people use them. Google, for example, has many different resume templates. But if you are a hiring professional who looks at resumes frequently, you will quickly begin to see that many submitted resumes have the same format, with the same positioning of content, the same graphical embellishments and the same fonts. For example, two career management professionals interviewed for this article pointed to the same Microsoft Word template that displays the persons name in large type, then switches to a tiny, barely legible 8-point type size for the contact information. The persons name will be 36 or 72 points, and their phone number will be microscopically small, which is stupid because most people in (Human Resources) are 40 years old or older and won not be able to read it without glasses, said Shel Horowitz, the author of books on do-it-yourself marketing. People were using it because it was a template Microsoft had, Safani said of the same example. It was obviously a template because you received 40 resumes that looked the same. Even if you are only somebody who filled a job once every 10 years, they could still tell the person was using a template if 40 resumes looked the same.
Several months into her previous job, Claire Smith realized that she needed a change. The job, the industry, and the institution were not the right fit for me. It just was not where I wanted to be in my career, she explains. She started to look at job descriptions, honed in on positions or organizations that were interesting to her, then decided to work with a professional resume writer. I tried to do a little changing and reshaping on my own at first but it did not feel all that different from where I began, she says. Working with someone else helped her see that the resume was not about explaining what she done in her career but why she was the best person for a particular job. Claire started with one resume and then tailored it to each position. You have the same raw materials — the accomplishments, the skills, the results you achieved over time — but you have to pick and choose to shape those things into a different narrative, Claire says. The summary, which on her resume consisted of three bullet points, was the element she tweaked the most. For example, when she applied to be an editor, the first bullet point read: Versatile writer and editor committed to speaking directly to readers needs. But when she applied for a marketing position, she tweaked it to emphasize her ability to recruit customers and be a brand champion: Innovative brand champion and customer recruiter in marketing, product development, and communications. Then, before launching into a chronological list of her jobs, she highlighted, selected accomplishments related to each point in her summary. For example, under writer and editor, she included three achievements, including this one: Based on customer data and email performance metrics, wrote new email series to provide prospective students with more targeted information about Simmons and to convert more of them to applicants. Improved performance over past emails producing average open rates of more than 20%. Claire equates collaborating with a resume professional to working with a personal trainer. She felt challenged to keep rewriting and improving. And the hard work paid off. She recently landed a full-time job, which she starts next month.
The first 15-20 words of your resume are critically important because that is how long you usually have a hiring managers attention, says Lees. Start with a brief summary of your expertise. You will have the opportunity to expand on your experience further down in your resume and in your cover letter. For now, keep it short. It is a very rich, very brief elevator pitch, says Heifetz. You need to make it exquisitely clear in the summary that you have what it takes to get the job done. It should consist of a descriptor or job title like, Information security specialist who. It does not matter if this is a job title you have or ever did, says Lees. It should match what they are looking for. Here are two examples: Healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience leading providers of superior patient care. Strategy and business development executive with substantial experience designing, leading, and implementing a broad range of corporate growth and realignment initiatives. And be sure to avoid cliches. Using platitudes in your summary or anywhere else in the document is basically like saying, Iam not more valuable than anyone else, explains Lees. They are meaningless, obvious, and boring to read.
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