By Debra Ann Matthews
Have you ever watched a big heavy equipment vehicle tear down trees, an old building or a wooded area? And within weeks, a new subdivision or shopping area emerges? I’d like to share with you 5 ways that you can run a bulldozer through your current resume to re-create a keyword rich, accomplishment-laden document that will generate interview requests for you.
#1 – Run the bulldozer over all phrases on your resume more than 14 to 21 words. Dense, wordy text is cumbersome. ATS (applicant tracking systems) are looking for talented job seekers who understand how to be succinct in describing their skills.
#2 – Bulldoze the boring look of your resume. Give it some flair and persuasive appeal with color, graphics or a logo to enhance its visual appeal.
#3 – Bulldoze any paragraphs and quantify your explanations of achievements using %, # and $. For example, cut move in time for 3 tons of equipment across two time zones from 15 days to 5.
#4 – Bulldoze your full address and incorporate city, state, email, LinkedIn profile address and QR code. Being socially relevant is more important to human resources than listing your full address. Most correspondence will initially be conducted via email. See LinkedIn.com and www.vizibility.com for more information.
#5 – Bulldoze every sentence on your resume, making sure that the challenge, context, action and results from your job responsibilities are clearly and crisply noted.
See www.job-hunt.org for additional resources on developing powerful resume content. Differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other job seekers by noting skills, trainings, endorsements, testimonies and your unique niche to help companies solve their company challenges.