Updating your resume is right up there with dreaded tasks like organizing your taxes and making a budget plan. It’s no fun, but when done right, the payoff could lead you to your dream job. For expert insight on how to correctly craft a resume and LinkedIn profile, we tapped Michal Goldvaser, Senior Recruiter at The Workshop LA, for the dos and don’ts when it comes to updating your work portfolio. Your resume and LinkedIn profile are the one-two punch for catching your new potential employer’s eye. Read on for ways to do it right and how to put your best resume forward.
Do: Organize your resume to be current and concise.
“I have one rule: keep it simple. Hiring managers don’t have time to delve into unnecessary details, so highlight what you really want them to see. List out your recent jobs with bullet points highlighting your main job functions and the dates of your employment. Do your best to not exceed one page.”
Do: Make sure your LinkedIn matches your resume.
“In fact, you should update both simultaneously. Every time you update your resume, don’t neglect your LinkedIn. Hiring managers cross-reference your resume with LinkedIn, oftentimes seeing your LinkedIn first, so you want them to be synced up. I’ve seen people not get jobs because of inconsistencies between what an employer sees online and what they see on your resume.”
Don’t: Your resume should not have your picture on it.
“It’s uncommon for a hiring manager to need to see what you look like for a job. Your skills should speak for themselves. However, you should have a professional photo on your LinkedIn. If the hiring manager wants to see what you look like, they will look you up on LinkedIn or Google. So don’t forget to clean up your social media, which should be kept private unless you’re applying for a social media/marketing job.”
“If you’re applying to a specific job you’re dying for, then tailor your resume to that job. Get specific about your experience for the particular job and don’t make it too general. Details should include specific examples of how you helped increase sales or followers or views. It’s OK to have multiple resumes for different types of jobs that you’re applying for. The goal is to show the hiring manager that you’re perfect for the role, so spend a little time sharpening your resume for the specific job you want.”
Don’t: Don’t forget spell check.
“Spelling and grammar are often overlooked by candidates. You have no idea how many people don’t even get in the door with a new job because they didn’t get ‘there’ and ‘their’ straight. Double and triple check everything. I’d even suggest sending it off to a fresh pair of eyes for a once-over just in case.”
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