In many cases, a real person may not even get the first look at your resume. Employers who take in high volumes of applications and resumes sometimes use software to scan resumes for certain keywords. The resumes that make it through the scanning process might then be passed on to an actual human who may or may not fully understand your experience as it is stated on your resume. For this reason, it is important to present your information in the most easily understood language possible.
In addition to clear language, there are also things that should not be included on your resume. An article in US News & World Report explains that there may be some things on your resume that are making you look “old.” The author, Emily Brandon, states that details such as including your high school graduation date, a long work history, failure to emphasize computer skills, and even the format of your resume can lead employers to think that your experience and education haven’t kept up with the times. While this isn’t necessarily true and is definitely an unfair assessment for individuals who have been in the workforce for over ten years, the ability to show that you are current on your skills and that you can communicate this to hiring managers who may have just entered the workforce is critical to your success in getting the interview and ultimately, the job.
We live in a society that often discounts the value of a solid foundation; whether in our skill set or in other areas of our lives. In principle, this shouldn’t be tolerated but the sad fact is that the value of foundation will likely not be recognized until the workforce can somehow monetarily quantify the damage that has occurred due to a lack of a good one. So, while we wait for experience to become fashionable again, our best course of action is to paint a better picture with the brushes that we possess. BHG Consulting can help you present your skills in a more attractive way. We have several different templates available. We are highly skilled at putting the right spin on your story so that employers will be more likely to put your resume in the “yes” pile.
If you need help, please get in touch with us and try one of our resume packages. We can create several different resumes for you depending on which skills you need to highlight for a particular position. We offer customized cover letters as well. All of this can be created for you within about 48 hours from the time we receive your order and your information. Get in touch today and let us help you get yourself out there!
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