5 Quick Tips for Resume Building

Quick Tips for Resume Building

Here are 5 Quick Tips to help with resume building. These views are my own personal opinion and should be viewed as such. I encourage you to incorporate them ONLY if you find yourself in agreement. Never change your resume just because someone tells you to, do it because you understand the reasoning behind it and agree with the logic involved.

1. Lose the Objective
There’s a lot of differing opinions on the “Objective” portion of a resume these days. Career services at the local university might take one look at your resume, and if they don’t see one, they’ll most likely tell you to add one. Don’t. They’re unnecessary and take up valuable space you could be using to bolster your resume and garner the attention of the person reading it. After all, your objective is obvious! Of course you want to get a job while growing and making a valuable contribution to the company and yada, yada, yada. Boring!

Instead, I suggest a summary. A summary should be 2-3 sentences long, packed full of detail about yourself. List off character traits and skill sets that will indicate to the employer, “Hey, this guy sounds like he has the tools we need in this position.” If somebody were to ask you in 30 seconds to sell yourself…this should be what you say.

2. Links
So you want to put your e-mail address and/or website on your resume? Great! Just make sure that for printed versions you remove the hyperlink. For example, you want it to say john@example.com, not john@example.com.  In Microsoft Word you can accomplish this by simply right-clicking on the link and selecting “Remove Hyperlink.”

If you’re uploading your resume online somewhere or sending it via e-mail, it’s your call but it might be a better idea to leave the hyperlinks in so that someone reviewing can simply click and be taken to it right away instead of having to copy/paste or type it in manually.

3. What To Include At The Top
So if you’ve done a resume before you’ve probably included your name, phone number, mailing address, and your e-mail address. Should you include all that? Are there other things to include?

In short, yes you should include all those things. Though in all honesty you can get rid of the street address. Just leave your city and state. If they need your address at some point they’ll be able to get it off your job application sheet. But these days, no one mails you anything until after you’ve interviewed, and by then they’ll have your address on other forms.

But there are other things to include as well. Consider including a link to your LinkedIn account, as well as any websites you operate or publish articles on (so long as it’s appropriate!). And for those tech savvy, leaving a Google Voice Number is also an option. If you have a twitter account that is safe for your employer’s to see, and it relates to the field, go ahead and include it. Don’t include it though if it’s your personal twitter account and you post pictures of the food you’re eating or talk about finding parking spots after searching for 45 minutes. Unnecessary.

Final side note on that: Don’t include your Facebook (which should be set to private!). Get a LinkedIn if you want potential employers to see you. You also don’t need to put race, religion, sex, or age on your resume. Leave it off!

4. NO PICTURES.
If you seriously want a job, DO NOT put a picture on your resume. Honestly, you may be the most attractive person on the planet, but your picture doesn’t belong on a resume. Putting your picture on it invites the employer’s bias to come into play. You want them to respect your qualifications on paper, not to be thinking about whether you look right for the role or whether you’re attractive or not. Hey, they shouldn’t be thinking that, but they might be. Trust me, attractive or not, leave the pictures off the resume. Instead, fill that void with qualifications and skill sets.

5. Standardize It!
What I mean by standardize is that you should decide how you’re going to describe employment history and other qualifications and stick to the same format throughout. If you’re speaking in past tense for one employer from 10 years ago, you should be speaking in past tense for ALL employers, including current employers. I know it seems silly to say something like “Developed Cost-Budget Analysis Techniques” when that’s what you currently do, but it’s better to be consistent so not to confuse the person reading the resume. After all, odds are they’re reading dozens, the last thing you want is for them to get confused. Personally, I like referring to the past tense throughout, but I know some prefer to keep everything in current tense. Go with your gut and personal feeling.

I’ll post additional tips from time to time. But for now, that’s it. Hopefully they’re helpful.

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About Jason Willis
Jason graduated from the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2011 with a B.S.B.A. in Finance. He currently works at The Newport Group as an Investment Analyst on the Asset & Liability Management Team working with Non Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans. In his spare time he continues to give back to AKPsi by assisting with the CFAC and NX Chapter at UCF. He also currently operates his own blog entitled Professional Hedging, and is also preparing to acquire his Series 7 and 66 Certifications.

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