If your resume is just not yielding results, it might be time to contact the professionals at Resume Writing Group. We can review your resume, provide you with a critique or simply start from scratch. If “fix my resume” is at the top of your to-do list, consider contacting us or at least trying some of the following quick fixes.
1. Clean Up The Format
A trendy resume with trendy fonts and a few interesting color choices only works for people who might be applying for jobs as a graphic designer or artist. However, even for these individuals, it’s better to stick with a simple, straightforward design and allow your portfolio to be the showcase for you design skills.
Too often when people ask us to “fix my resume,” we find that the design is messy and hard to read. For instance, sometimes people will use bullet points in one section and use dashes or italics to highlight another section. Each section of your resume, from work experience to skills to education, needs to be formatted the same way. Your resume also needs to use easy-to-read fonts and generally no more than two fonts. You want the resume to be as easy to read as possible, making it simple for hiring managers to skim the page and quickly learn about your qualifications.
2. Edit Out Non-Essentials
Ideally, a resume won’t extend beyond a single page, and we often critique resumes that are too long and contain non-essential information. Sometimes people add old and irrelevant work experience, such as jobs they held in high school. If you are just out of college, these jobs might be relevant, but if you’ve been working for some time, your high school education and high school-era work experience is no longer important to employers.
Additionally, people will add photos and a section about personal interests or hobbies. These elements should not be included in a resume. Your resume should only feature information that informs a hiring manager about your work experience and how your skills relate to the job opening.
3. Tailor Your Resume To Fit Each Job
A one-size-fits-all resume is not a good idea and if your resume is a bit too general, hiring managers might simply set it aside. Each resume you send out should be tailored to the specific job posting. In some cases, one resume might work for several job postings, but sometimes you need to change it up and customize a resume so that it showcases the information a specific hiring manager will want to see. Take a look at the job description and ensure that you use some of the keywords in that job posting as well as the specific skills needed for that job.
4. Eliminate Errors
Nothing kills your employment chances faster than a careless spelling error or perhaps inserting one wrong digit in a phone number. Likewise, getting the name of the company or hiring manager’s name wrong also serves as a death sentence for your resume. Why should someone hire you when there are plenty of people with error-free resumes applying for the job?
Take a good look at your resume and hunt down any spelling, grammar or information errors. Be sure to ask a trusted friend or family member to look for these types of errors, as well. Remember to look for errors with verb tense and homophone usage. You don’t want to miss out on a job opportunity because you stated, “there” when you should have used “they’re.”
If you are searching for someone to “fix my resume,” we can help. In addition to offering resume review services, we also can create a completely new and dynamic resume that will attract the attention of hiring managers. We also offer many other services that will make it far easier to snag an interview and, ultimately, gain employment.