Feeling bogged down in your career? Or maybe you’re interested in reentering the workforce after spending time at home with your family? Jena Abernathy, a senior partner at an executive search firm, and the author of “The Inequality Equalizer,” is here to offer some tips on getting back out there. Step one, she says, is to refresh your resume.
Here’s her advice:
- Get Rid of the “Career Objective” or “Aspiration Statement” — Instead of topping your resume with a generic career objective or a statement about your professional aspirations, use the first few lines of your resume to convey a professional elevator speech that captures your brand, explains what you bring to the table, and highlights the skills that outshine the competition.
- Eliminate Generic Phrasing — When applying for a specific position, align key words and phrases with the job description. Use the same terms and language provided in the job posting, rewriting your resume as necessary in order to avoid plain-vanilla descriptions and outdated or irrelevant buzzwords.
- Avoid a Bland Work History — Instead of simply describing the tasks you’ve undertaken at the various jobs you’ve held, highlight results, accomplishments, and contributions to the bottom line. Never lie on a resume, and don’t inflate your contributions, but do own your successes!
- Delete the Irrelevant — Your high school GPA, the scholarship you earned in college, the unpaid volunteer work you did during your gap year … unless those experiences are directly related to the job you’re applying for, take them off your resume. Don’t clutter your resume with information that isn’t pertinent to the specific job you’re applying for. Stick to highlighting the accomplishments, experience, and bottom-line contributions you’ve made during your career and avoid trying to include everything you’ve ever done for every organization you’ve ever worked for.
- Banish the Over-Designed Resume — A resume is an overview of your professional experience and accomplishments. Get rid of any pictures, cutesy design elements, and frilly fonts. Delete any personal information. Your resume is not the place to exhibit your personal style. Instead, keep it concise and use a typeface that’s easy to read, clean, contemporary, and professional.)
Learn more about The Inequality Equalizer on the Facebook page for the book.