Your resume is often one of the first impressions an employer will have of you as a job seeker. In our Resume 101 information below, we have provided some guidelines, tips and best practices for you to follow. This information is provided from one of our resume support partners with the hope that the information will be supportive of your job search.
What will a recruiter read on your resume?
Some may read in detail, but in our experience, the majority of recruiters will read the first 2 bullets of your last 2 jobs, so that’s where you’ll need to get their attention. Don’t have more than 6 bullets per job. Line up jobs in reverse chronological order – make it easy for the recruiters. If you insist on doing a summary on the top, keep it very short – the resume IS your summary.
What kind of information should be included in your 1st and 2nd bullet points and how can your experience best be highlighted?
Take a look at your past full job description, starting with your primary responsibilities.
Make it a list of your roles & responsibilities and the skills you used to accomplish them.
Look at your current/most recent Job Description, look at a similar Job Description, and use that for your first 2 bullets.
Every sentence should start with an action verb – managed, scheduled, led, organized, etc. Google “Power Verbs and Action Phrases” for ideas.
Quantify whenever possible – managed 3 people is very different from ‘managed cross-disciplinary department consisting of 6 xx, 3 yy and 4 zz’.
Each bullet should be several sentences long separated by semi-colons.
What are suggestions for your 3rd and 4th bullet points?
On your 3rd and 4th bullet points– this information should be more granular descriptions of how you did things, special projects, big achievements, records you set, ideas you came up with. Say what you did, how you did it and site the results when you can. Talk about learning curves and things you had to learn, fun things that you made happen on the job.
What are suggestions for your 5th and 6th bullet point? (if needed)
Your 5th and 6th bullet (if needed) may include things that were outside the scope of your job, special recognition, things that made those around you better.
What kind of content should I remove from my resume?
What to remove: anything more than 10 years old and/or anything that’s completely irrelevant to the job you are currently seeking.
Traps people fall into: Don’t feel the need to keep it at one page – that idea is outdated. But don’t make it a 10-page rambling resume either. Don’t list *every* single task you did on the job, the resume should be a summary. Don’t state things in 1st person, that’s annoying to the recruiter.
Having trouble getting started?
Have someone ask you (or pretend to have someone ask you) what you do on your job. Have them ask a bit about how you did it, why you did it, what made it successful. Record it. Put it on paper.
As LGBTQ+ self identified people, should we include LGBTQ+ history on our resume?
At Identify Careers and Chaleur Creative, we value your knowledge skill and intersectional identities. Keep in mind that your volunteer time with a local or national non-profit group that is LGBTQ focused adds value to you as an individual. Companies that are looking to hire should value your contributions to the community and recognize that you are a person with intersectional identities.
Be yourself and be consistent.
Your resume, LinkedIn Profile and your in person or phone interviews should highlight who you are as a person. This information should be consistent across profiles for LinkedIn, your talking points for in-person interviews and your resume. We highly encourage including your volunteer and past work experiences with LGBTQ+ organizations.
But… what if they self sort my resume because of my LGBTQ+ volunteerism or work that was highlighted?
Individual bias, whether implicit or explicit, will appear in your job search. A hiring manager or recruiter will see on your resume, LinkedIn profile or hear during an interview that you volunteered for an organization or cause that is LGBTQ+ specific. If that individual chooses in their mind to exclude you from consideration for the role based on that fact, then you have to ask yourself, would you want to work in an environment like that? Their implicit or explicit bias does not mean that you are less valuable. It means they have a learning opportunity. The right role and the right company will come for you because of your full identity. Trust.
At IdentifyCareers.com and Chaleur Creative we emphatically encourage being your authentic self from your resume, LinkedIn profile and direct interviews with companies. Join us and be valued not only for your knowledge and skill, but also your intersectional identities.
Chaleur Creative & IdentifyCareers.com