Ask Vicki: How can I upgrade my resume to improve my job search?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi offers tips to make your resume work harder for you.
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Q. How can I upgrade my resume to improve my job search?
A. There are a few things you can do to upgrade your resume. Remove the objective—it’s antiquated. Instead, if you like, you can insert an executive summary at the top of your resume that says who you are and what you’re looking for. Think of it as your elevator pitch.
In terms of boosting the chances of recruiters reviewing your resume and reaching out to you for a first phone interview, use the same words in your resume that are used in the job descriptions. If you’re in human resources and a company refers to the position using the phrase “human capital management,” then by all means replace “human resources” with “human capital management” on your resume.
Also, consider removing your home address. Not only will this free up space on your resume, but it could also improve your chances of being chosen for an interview. I used to submit high-quality candidates to hiring managers for positions in downtown New York City, and when resumes reflected addresses in Connecticut, hiring managers didn’t want to see them. I had to convince them to focus on the candidate and not their long commute.
Another way to upgrade your resume involves upgrading your skills. Take a few online classes, earn a certification, build up your resume’s education section and include the years you earned each degree or certification so that hiring managers can see that you’re dedicated to advancing your career.