Your resume is your key to getting a job interview. It’s the first impression you make on most corporate recruiters; if it feels old or outdated, you will likely not be considered for the position.
Follow these tips by Erica Rivera (@careerdivacoacking), a Chicago-based senior recruiter at Google, to update and improve your resume to make the best impression possible!
“Number one, your address. We don’t need the full address: city and state only.”
“Two: objective statement. Gotta go. That was 1970. We are in 2022.”
“Next, let’s talk about your work history. So, we don’t need your entire work history since you started your professional career. What we need to focus and hone in on is tailoring your search and résumé to the role you’re applying for.”
“Next, weak action verbs. ‘I helped,’ ‘I was responsible for,’ nah. Take some of these recommendations I’m sharing here, and apply them to your résumé.” Instead of this kind of passive language, Erica recommends using active verbs like: streamlined, managed, implemented, improved, strategized, increased, produced, and generated.
“Finally, references available upon request. We don’t need it. We will ask you if we need your references.”
First impressions matter when it comes to resumes; if your resume is outdated or difficult to read, you likely won’t make it to the interview stage. Make sure your resume is current and error-free by following these tips!
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