Creating a Killer Resume, Part 1

How can you upgrade your resume and get better results in your career and future job searches? Resume effectiveness  is what this series of articles is all about! Having a full-time career coaching business for 12+ years, I have reviewed thousands of resumes and rewritten hundreds of professional and executive resumes. I believe I have seen all of their typical shortcomings and want to share how to upgrade your resume. An upgraded resume can accelerate your career results and improve your future job search strategies. A key point for resume writers As I mention in Chapter 6 of Fast Track Your Job Search (and Career!),  …  “do not write your résumé in a manner that is most pleasing to you. It is important that you write your résumé in a manner that will be most pleasing to the people who will be reading your résumé.” Can your resume pass the “15 second skim test”? A good place to start in upgrading your resume is to consider what I term the “15 second skim test”. When you submit your resume for a published job, recruiters and other reviewers can be faced with 200 or more submissions. This drives reviewers to set a fast pace that typically gives each resume 10-15 seconds on their first pass, after which they decide if yours should be trashed or set aside for further analysis. For this reason, it is important that you compose your resume in a manner that maximizes your odds of passing this first phase of review. Three steps to a better resume Here is a two-part exercise that can help: 1.  The Timer Test Start a 25 second timer (you are slower than a professional) and skim your resume. Circle all the...