What to Do with Your Resume

For the record, regardless of any extensive background, just throwing together a summary, work history, and education experiences on paper does not make a resume. Here are a few things to consider.

  • Many hiring managers are using databases to streamline the resume review process. As opposed to going through resume after resume, they are using search tools to hunt for job titles, skill sets, education and other criteria. When crafting your resume, make sure it is keyword friendly. Read the job description carefully and find prominent words and phrases to put in your resume. If the job description asks for “WordPerfect proficiency,” use that term. Every resume submitted should be tailored to a specific position anyway, so front load it with keywords that will be caught by both databases and hiring managers.
  • Keeping your resume professional is only to your benefit. Open an email account specifically for the job search so that you don’t have to use goodlookingguy91589@gmail.
  • Don’t put a photograph on your resume for two reasons: (i) you do not want to give anyone a reason to dismiss your resume, which can happen if someone forms a negative opinion of you based on your beard, attire, nose, etc. and (ii) it has become a common practice among hiring managers to reject resumes with photos to avoid accusations of discrimination.

  • The days of mass resume submissions are toast. Savvy hiring managers can see when a resume is being recycled. And candidates who can’t take the time to tailor their resume will be the last on any hiring manager’s list. If there’s one thing you need to know about what to do with your resume, it’s this: personalize each submission, outside of merely replacing job titles.
  • Keep your resume succinct. Except in extreme cases – such as high executive positions – keep lists between four and six bullets, working your way down in importance. Be sure to not just highlight what makes you a talented candidate, but show your soft skills, noting how well you worked with coworkers, management, and other departments, led successful projects, used industry-specific software, and played significant roles at meetings, planning sessions, etc.

If you really want to know what to do with your resume, check out LiveCareer’s Resume Builder, a user-friendly, click-through resource that will make sure your credentials are always submission ready.

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