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Is It Time to Overhaul Your Resume?

If you’re like many people, you only give your resume a second glance when you’re looking for a new job. That can backfire when you’re in a rush to apply for open positions and you may not give off the best impression or emphasize your strongest assets. Keeping your resume up-to-date even when you’re not actively seeking a job can help you to be more prepared when an opportunity comes along.

Here are a few signs that it might be time to give your resume an overhaul and spruce things up:

It’s been years since you’ve revised it. Resume formats and trends have changed over the years, so if you’re submitting the same resume you used 10 years ago (or even 5), it’s going to be pretty obvious to recruiters and employers. Long gone are the days of objectives and “references available upon request.” Say goodbye to that AOL email or the address you’ve been using since college if it isn’t something professional. You want to ensure your resume is in line with what employers are looking for today and isn’t dating you.

Your resume could apply to anyone or any position. If your resume is filled with generic copy that doesn’t set you apart from the next applicant and doesn’t strongly demonstrate your capabilities, you’re wasting the opportunity to make a memorable first impression. In fact, you may find that your resume is being passed over more often than you’d like. Your resume should be a reflection of you and what you have accomplished throughout your career. Focus on your achievements and what you bring to the table.

You’re not getting many – or any – responses. You’ve submitted your resume to dozens of jobs yet hear nothing back. While part of this may be the competitiveness of the market and the particular jobs you are applying for, your resume may also be to blame. If employers can’t quickly see that you are a good fit, you have the skills they seek, and you can benefit their company, they’ll move on to someone who does fit the bill. Now may be a good time to really evaluate your resume and give it a good updating so that it works in your favor.

You’re getting calls for the wrong types of jobs. Are you getting calls for jobs that aren’t in line with what you’re looking for? Your resume may not be presenting you in the way you’re hoping it does. To you it may seem obvious what type of job you’re seeking or why you’re a good match, but to employers it may not be. Spell it out on your resume. Don’t let there be any doubt about your abilities or how you’re branding yourself. This is where a solid summary of qualifications and core competencies section come into play.

If your resume is missing the mark, or you’re just not sure where to start, the team at Grammar Chic is here to help. We will work with you to create an up-to-date resume that reflects you in a positive light and generates attention for the right reasons. Contact Grammar Chic at (803) 831-7444 or www.grammarchic.net today!

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6 Things to Remove from Your Resume Right Now

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Sometimes, less really is more. It’s true of graduation speeches. Some would argue that it’s true of cilantro, of Christmas music, or of cologne. It can even be true of your resume.

That’s not to say that there isn’t some merit to a nicely detailed, filled-out resume. As you tell the story of your career, crafting a true narrative from your list of accomplishments and professional credentials, you want to be thorough, and you don’t want to leave any significant experience out of the document.

With that said, not everything you see on a resume is helpful, and not everything serves to enhance the allure of the candidate. Trust us: The Grammar Chic, Inc. resume writing team has seen resumes with headshots, ClipArt, and Comic Sans. True story: We even saw one resume that began with this clause: Well, I guess my only real skill is…

The point is, there is often more that you could add to your resume to make it complete; there also tends to be stuff you might leave off the resume to make it more appealing, more concise, more hard-hitting. Some examples of things you can cut from your resume right now include:

  1. Your personal section. Employers and recruiters care about the value you offer to them—period. Generally speaking, that means your professional life; it doesn’t mean your love of bike riding and romantic comedies, nor does it mean your community volunteerism. There are exceptions to this, when companies are looking to hire for cultural fit, but in those scenarios you’ll be asked to take some kind of personality test. Hobbies really don’t belong on a resume.
  2. Gaps in your career history. You can remove the gaps by filling them with brief, honest explanations—a Homemaker Sabbatical, a Medical Sabbatical, or time spent working part-time or consulting. Just don’t leave huge chunks of time unaccounted for.
  3. Photos. You don’t need them. Ever. Unless you’re applying to be a supermodel, maybe.
  4. Your career objective. We say this all the time, but it’s an enduring problem with many resumes: They contain an objective, which really says nothing at all. Your objective is to get a job, same as everyone else writing a resume—so why waste the space? Ditch it for a nice executive summary, instead.
  5. Third-person voice. A good example of a resume achievement is: “Increased sales revenues by 30 percent.” A bad, weird-sounding example is: “Margaret increased sales revenues by 30 percent.” Catch the difference?
  6. An e-mail address from your company employer. Remove it in favor of a personal e-mail address—because nobody wants to hire someone who obviously job searches on their current employer’s time!

Any of these elements will undermine an otherwise strong resume—so just cut ‘em.

For more tips on what to cut—or what to include—please contact our resume writing team today: Call 803-831-7444, or visit http://www.grammarchic.net.

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