4 Things Your Resume is Missing

March 10th, 2014 | Articles, Resume | No Comments »

What Your Resume is Missing

So much goes into a resume that important pieces can easily slip through the cracks. Most know to include employment history from newest to oldest and to leave out irrelevant jobs, but there are features your resume is missing.

1.) Hyperlinks to Your Online Profiles – It’s the digital age. The old resume paradigm of reading a physical sheet of paper is at the point of extinction. PDFs and word processing documents are now dominant and that gives job seekers greater freedom with resume content.

86% of recruiters indicate that they already peruse a candidate’s online profiles before scheduling interviews. Why not truncate a recruiter’s or hiring manager’s search time with a hyperlink to your website and professional profiles? That way, you can guide their search and tighten the image you present.

2.) Relevant Keywords in the Right Place – Most job seekers think to include industry terminology and key phrases in their resume. What’s often missing is relevant usage of those technical keywords throughout the document.

Inexperienced job seekers lump technical keywords together as if they exist in a vacuum. Without real world context, hiring managers absently skim positions instead of sinking their teeth into the meat and potatoes of what you’ve accomplished.

3.) Company Descriptions – What’s in a name? Unless it’s a marquee brand, not a whole lot. A strong resume does more than just list inconsequential company names. It delineates what each company does and dangles the carrot in front of the hiring manager to get him or her to bite.

The key component of a successful company description is to not ramble. You want to get down to the essence of what the company does without getting bogged down in the minutia. Challenge yourself to keep the description under 20 words. At the very least, keep it brief.

4.) White Space – Some resumes are a visual catastrophe. There are so many different details vying for limited space that the eyes don’t know where to go. White space can help create order from what would otherwise appear to be chaos.

Tampering with the margins can make a resume appear overwhelming if you’re generally sticking to the typical resume format. If you’re diverging from the norm with an alternative resume, you have leeway but your resume should still include white space.

by James Walsh

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