Erin Kennedy MCD CMRW CPRW BS/HR is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant and President of Professional Resume Services Inc. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 12 best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.
Mass production may be suitable for nuts and bolts; however it sure is not the right method to create your resume. This is what the resume mills or factories do - produce resumes that all look the same. When a prospective employer receives hundreds of applications and your resume is similar to the majority of them the impression created is not good enough to warrant an interview. Most likely it will not even be viewed.
Always include a cover letter The cover letter is your time to highlight your skills and sell yourself as well as your resume to the recruiter. Make sure to use power statements and highlight your best qualities to get their attention. Your cover letter should address all the requirements for the position and explain why youre the best person for the job.
Avoid being vague If you have references include them. Dont say available upon request. If you have gaps in employment explain them clearly. They will probably come up in the interview anyways. Being prepared in advance by giving complete information in your resume is better than being caught off guard in the interview or worse skipped over all together.
Add in a list of skills Your resume is no place for modesty. Highlight your skills especially if they are specific to the job youre applying for and list where you gained experience with that skill set. Instead of being general give concrete details and highlights. For example list your experience with Microsoft Office or even a particular piece of software over computer skills. Make sure to include plenty of competency statements.
Were not sure where they came from but the generic objective statement... Im seeking a position with a growing company blah blah blah is out. Today those in resume writing services know that objective statements scream out of date. Using them tells HR professionals and hiring managers that you arent staying current in the latest career trends and by default that you arent staying up-to-date in anything else.