Don’t have time for a complete resume revamp before your application deadline? Have no fear. These five tips to boost your resume don’t take long and can make a huge difference in whether you get hired!
1. Add your social media links. This makes it that much quicker for a prospective employer to get in touch with you. Most won’t bother printing this out!
2. Add color. Make it eye-catching. You don’t want a Lisa Frank-style rainbow regurgitation of your skills, but putting your name and bullet points in a bold shade (think cobalt, hunter green, or red for typical jobs) can help you stand out.
3. Ditch the objective in favor of a summary. If someone is reading your resume, they already know you’re looking for a job. You don’t need to reiterate that. However, you can summarize your skills and experience in a line or two: “Experienced grade school teacher seeking opportunities in early childhood education,” “Web designer specializing in Flash animation seeking creative new clients.” Don’t just tell people what you want, also tell them who you are.
4. Show, don’t tell. Instead of saying how productive and efficient you are, explain exactly how you were so productive and efficient: What did you do differently? What numbers can you present? “Increased weekend clients by 30 percent within one month of implementing new native advertising” is better than “Skilled in advertising.”
5. Save different versions of your file. Always have a Google doc, a Word document, and a PDF handy. It’ll save you from scrambling to reformat it later!