This is what I’ve discovered since becoming unemployed – drum roll please – there are millions of resume experts in the world! Everywhere you go, every site you visit, every other e-mail is someone telling you how to craft a resume. I know, I do appreciate all the help but it does create confusion in several areas: functional vs. chronological, years of employment history, year on your college degree, etc. I’ve actually revised my resume four times in six months. I do believe my resume is much better than the original.
Resume #1, way too much information making it four pages long! I thought I had to cram everything I did in my lifetime into my resume. But with the help of an expert, I got it down to two pages. Resume #2, now it was too generic. I had removed too much, sacrificing my most important accomplishments and their results. Not good! So onto resume #3, added back in my biggest accomplishments and their results, included only 15 years of work experience, made the font smaller and rearrange my header. Much better so I thought.
I was on monster.com one evening and noticed a “Free” comprehensive resume evaluation button. I thought it couldn’t hurt. It’s free. So off went my resume to another expert. I received a phone call three days later from a gentleman, who represented a company called Bakos Group. We chatted for about 20 minutes and he actually gave me some valuable tips for free. Of course, he wanted me to go one step further and paid for a professional writer to revise my resume for around $200. I politely declined and we completed our call. He also followed up with an e-mail. All FREE. What a pleasant surprise.
All this to say there is no right or wrong way to write a resume. Competition is fierce so your resume needs to set you apart from the masses. It needs to be a passionate representation of who you are and why you are the best person for the job. Below are the must haves that are in my resume. So revise away and take on the competition!
- Select the right resume type that works for you – chronological, functional and combination – This depends on the industry you are in and years of experience
- Keep layout clean and easy to read
- Make sure you have NO spelling errors
- Profile – describe yourself in a brief paragraph
- Professional Experience – most say 15 years of work experience
- Education – I have my graduation year listed
- Professional Memberships or Certifications