10 Seconds to Success

Can you pass the 10-second test?

With on-line job boards, you have moments to catch the reader’s eye.  Tailoring your résumé for every position guarantees that you are the one who will get the call.

I was working with a candidate and sent him a note asking him how many people he had managed.   He replied via email, “it was on his résumé.”  It was on his résumé… but only if I could decipher between the many jobs he held, and find where he managed his largest team.   Make it easy for your reader to pick out the key points regarding your background and how these match the job.

Is your résumé tailored for every position?  Will your background match the needs of the hiring manager?  Look for the key words on the job description and if appropriate, mirror the same words on your résumé so that your background jumps as perfect during a key word search.

Basics:

  • Contact information including your city and state, email and daytime phone number
    • Be sure to use the same font as the body of your resume, although it’s acceptable to bold or enlarge your contact information
    • Write contact information directly on your resume.  Avoid putting into a header as not all online programs can see this information.
  • Summary of your skills
  • Chronological professional experience with most recent at the top
  • Education
  • Professional licenses and certifications
  • Professional associations, affiliations, honors, and speaking engagements

Résumé etiquette:

  • Keep your résumé length to no more than two or three pages. Respect your reader. No one wants to slog through six or more pages.
  • Watch your tenses. Current jobs are in present tense. All prior positions are in the past tense.
  • Never use the word “I” on your résumé.

Tailor your résumé to all positions.   And use the key words affiliated with the job description as close to the top as possible on your résumé.