Struggling to make your resume jump out from the rest? With the current job market, hiring managers and recruiters are getting more resumes than ever; however, the number of available jobs has not increased to the same extent as the number of job seekers. This means your resume needs to be spot on to grab the attention of the hiring authorities. According to the article “Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume,” there are several minor ways you can tweak your resume that will make a dramatic difference.
Having a “Career Objective” at the top of your resume can make your resume seem less powerful. As a recent graduate myself, I have fallen prey to this mistake. Consider this though: You open a book you have heard nothing about and the first two pages are boring, obvious, and redundant. You feel as though you could write this same book yourself without putting much consideration into it. Would this make you want to read the rest of the book? A resume has the same effect. Make your resume stand out at the very beginning! Don’t make the reader of your resume bored before they get to the “meat” of your resume. After all, isn’t it redundant to state your objective is “to obtain a marketing position utilizing my strong work-ethic and creative abilities?” If you’re applying for a marketing position, everyone will have a very similar objective statement if they include one. “Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume,” from Forbes, suggests highlighting accomplishments at the top of your resume, as it will grab the resume reader’s attention.
In addition to removing the objective statement and replacing it with a key accomplishments, the article also suggests removing certain adjectives that are overused and not very effective. These words are: Experienced, seasoned, well-versed, team-player, people person, customer-focused, dynamic, energetic, and enthusiastic. In addition to these words, our author suggests throwing out the age-old “References available upon request.”
Read further to hone your resume writing skills: “Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume”