You may have heard recently that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson resigned from his position after it was discovered that he had padded his resume with inaccurate information about his educational background. There are quite a number of similar stories of high ranking executives who have been found to have falsified information on their resumes. This goes to show just how important a resume can be to helping you develop your career (or in their cases, being detrimental to their careers).
What comes to mind when you think of a resume? I know for me, it serves as a ticket to that crucial internship or full-time job interview. A resume is first and foremost a reflection of who you are as a professional. What makes your resume so important is that it may be the very first information that a recruiter or your would-be supervisor might receive about you as they evaluate whether you are an ideal candidate for an open position. A resume is your first chance to make a real, positive and lasting impression on the person or people at an organization where you hope to work. Having created, edited, revised and revamped my resume over the past 8 years has taught me a thing or two about what makes a strong resume that accurately and effectively showcases your educational background, professional experience and skills in a way that will help you stand out from the crowd. Below are seven easy things you can do to improve your resume and make sure that you communicate to employers why you are the perfect person for the job.
Project Manager, McMillan
-Manage various projects for clients in different types of industries
-Present new technological solution ideas to clients
-Supervise team members
The description is quite vague and does not provide the reader with a clear indication of the scope of Daisy’s daily tasks and responsibilities. A stronger description would read like this:
Project Manager, McMillan (IT consulting firm)
-Oversee information systems integration, new software adoption and IT risk management projects for clients in healthcare, media and financial industries
-Develop and propose innovative technological solutions plans for CRM and ERP
-Supervise the daily tasks of team members
Following these tips and others such as those provided by CareerBuilder and Forbes will help you tighten up your resume and will ensure that the person that employers see on paper will be well-aligned with who you are in reality. Remember to take your time when crafting your resume- one of the worst things you can do is to rush through putting together the document summarizing the experiences and skills that took so long for you acquire. After all, you want to convey you are a unique and qualified candidate!
What other tips do you have for putting together the perfect resume? Share these with us in the comments section.
Stephanie Santoso is a graduate of the Masters in Information Management program at Syracuse University, and an Information Science Ph.D. student at Cornell University. She is interested in developing policies which will help maintain users’ privacy and data security while preserving the openness and innovation of the Internet. She received her B.S. in Marketing and Media Studies from the University of Virginia. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.