Never a better time to spruce up you look than the summer time. Sure, maybe you can get yourself a different new ‘do to compliment your fresh tan. While we always support keeping it fresh with your style, we’re talking more about sprucing up your resume, aka. your individual professional marketing campaign ad.
Whether you’re actively looking, browsing the job aisles, or totally satisfied with your current gig (congrats, btw), it’s always good to have an updated resume at hand. Keeping it at-the-ready is always helpful, never hurtful. Learn how to revamp your resume from bland infomercial to show-stopping billboard for your professional marketing ad with these small simple tips this summer:
- Visually stunning. While many may argue that looks don’t matter, we have some other thoughts about that. Your resume is a quick one or two pager of your professional experience, noteworthy skills, and education, but it’s still a snapshot of your personality. Don’t be afraid to stand out. Long gone are the days of boring Times New Roman black and white resumes. Within means and depending on the position you’re applying for, go ahead and add a pop of color and experiment with engaging yet professionally acceptable fonts. Changing up formatting is a great way to catch the eye of a hiring manager. Simple little details like margins and bullets can make a big statement. Keep your design simple, visually even, and concise. You’re not like everyone else, so why try to be like that in your resume.
- Summary. It’s helpful to include a career summary section to define you as a professional, and cover those areas most relevant to your career level and job target. A career summary should provide hiring managers with a a brief, yet detailed synopsis of what you bring to the table.
- Active, not passive. Wording is key. Be careful about describing your experiences and previous titles in passive language over active. You want to make sure you are presenting your information as an “achiever” rather than a “doer”. Employers want to know about your previous contributions and how you’ve made a difference. Go from task-based to results-based. For example:
Passive language/ Doing: “Worked alongside attending physicians as a medical scribe”
Active language/ Achieving: “Significantly enhanced patient experience through medical scribing, allowing physicians to focus on patient communication instead of in-appointment documentation.
- Spellcheck. Grammar. Tyops. Yes, we did that on purpose… It’s easy to read your own resume over and over and get caught up in a cycle of reading your own words. However, having another set of unbiased eyes is super helpful to catch those glitchy typos and grammatical errors. The last thing you want is to deflect from your incredible accomplishments by letting the hiring manager know you’re too lazy to spellcheck. Have a friend, co-worker, mentor, or even a family member read through it before you click submit!
There you have it. The Fabulous Four for a resume makeover. Let us know what you think, and comment below with any additional tips, tricks, or secret cheat codes you’ve discovered to crack the resume writing game!