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It is tempting to list every job, accomplishment, volunteer assignment, skill, and degree you have ever had. But do not. A resume is a very selective body of content. It is not meant to be comprehensive. If it does not contribute to convincing the hiring manager to talk to you, then take it out, says Heifetz. This applies to volunteer work as well. Only include it as part of your experience — right along with your paid jobs — if it is relevant. So what about the fact that you raise angora rabbits and are an avid Civil War re-enactor? Readers are quite tolerant of non-job related stuff but you have to watch your tone, says Lees. If you are applying for a job at a more informal company that emphasizes the importance of work-life balance, you might include a line about your hobbies and interests. For a more formal, buttoned-up place, you’ll probably want to take out anything personal. My rule of thumb is that 95% of what you talk about should be framed as accomplishments, suggests Heifetz. I managed a team of 10 does not say much. You need to dig a level deeper. Did everyone on your team earn promotions? Did they exceed their targets? Give people a sense of your management style, says Heifetz. Lees agrees: Give tangible, concrete examples. If you are able to attach percentages or dollar signs, people will pay even more attention. Here is a sample senior executive resume that does this well (source: Jane Heifetz, Right Resumes). Of course, you can not and should not quantify everything: you do not want your resume to read like an accounting report.
Carrying on with our discussion of the importance of keywords, as an HR professional you have an advantage over most candidates. You have the opportunity to look, under the hood of an applicant tracking system (ATS) to see what happens in a typical keyword-driven resume review. Use that knowledge for your own benefit. Because there are so many ATSs, and because candidate searches are conducted by humans who have their own habits and preferences, you can not guarantee a perfect result from every ATS scan. But you can—and should—follow best practices for formatting your resume, integrating keywords and increasing keyword density. For example, in Lorettas resume you will note that the acronyms after her name are later spelled out fully in the appropriate section of the resume. SHRM-SCP becomes Society for Human Resource Management Senior Certified Professional under the Education & Professional Credentials section. This gives her a greater chance of being found in a computerized keyword scan, regardless of the exact term the hiring manager inputs for a specific search.
Stop fiddling with the margins. Lees says the days of a one-page resume are over: It used to be that you used a tiny font size and crammed in the information to make it fit. Nowadays, two or three pages is fine, but that is the limit: Any more than three and it shows that you can not edit. Heifetz agrees: I have never met a resume that fit on one page, even for a recent graduate. If you are going to tell a compelling story, you need more space. You can supplement what is on the page with links to your work but you have to motivate the hiring manager to take the extra step required. Tell them in a brief, one-line phrase what is so important about the work you are providing, says Heifetz. And stick to the most common fonts. It is not how fancy it is. It is how clear, clean, and elegant it is in its simplicity, says Heifetz. Vary the line length and avoid crammed text or paragraphs that look identical. The goal is to include enough white space so that a hiring manager wants to keep reading. For example, the opening summary could be three or four lines of text or two or three bullet points. It does not matter as long as it is easy to read, says Heifetz. It can be hard to be objective about your own experience and accomplishments. Many people overstate — or understate — their achievements or struggle to find the right words. Consider working with a resume writer, mentor, or a friend who can help you steer away from questions like, Am I good enough for this position? and focus on Am I the right person for the job? At a minimum, have someone else check your resume for logic, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
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