Make a list and check it twice!
Make a list of all the work you’ve done in the past with the JOB at the top and what you did underneath. Then take that list and break it down into a brief sentence describing what you did. Let’s take a look at an example, shall we? : )
JOB: Target, cashier
WHAT YOU DID: -greeted customers -collected payments -managed returns and refunds -answered customer inquiries -stocked shelves.
NOW TIME TO LIST IT: -Enthusiastically greeted and assisted customers on a daily basis -Maintained consistent accuracy of cash register, made sure all payment transactions were correct and proficient -Checked out customers purchases quickly, ensuring accurate prices codes, discounts and provided efficient customer service -Took initiative during slow times to re-stock, or other tasks assigned by the supervisor
Your experience matters! So, make sure to create those lists for each job title. You may have forgotten one or two things that you did that really helped define your role, and that an employer may be looking for right now. Remember, It's NEVER too late to UPDATE!
How far back should your resume go
As a woman over 50, I have many job experiences and they fall into the retail, office assistant, and teacher's aide catagories. I have always done well at each job and the only reasons I have ever quit a job was due to a transfer of my husband, child raising years, and taking care of elderly parents. To get back in the game how far back do I need to cite in my resume? Also, what about stores that are now closed and the management has scattered . How do I reference situations such as these?
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It's about Results! (rule #2 for profiles and resumes)
I've been browsing through a lot of Jobcase profiles this morning - particularly ones of folks in the community that are finding difficulty in achieving the next job they desire. There's a trend sticking out to me that is a large mistake most people make. An easy one to correct. And a very impactful one after you do correct it.
Ready for the insight - here it is...effort doesn't get rewarded - RESULTS DO. Of course I know its hard to get results without effort. But, no-one drafts football players because they worked hard at the gym - they get hired for yardage gained in college, sacks made, etc. The Rock doesn't get crazy paydays just because he is talented, its because he generated box office hits - so the expectation is that he can do that again.
When you provide details about a position in a profile or resume, start with the results and follow with the effort (if you really need to state effort). "Consistently garner tips over 20% and generated 100 positive yelp reviews for my restaurant as a lead Waiter" stands out on a waiter resume way more than a list of duties and deeds performed. I, as a restaurant manager & potential employer, see that customers like you and see how that translates to my business success. Or, "Hired 200 employees who exceeded projected retention rates" - is much better than "screened applicant resumes and interviewed as part of talent function in XX company". I, as potential employer hiring you for my HR group, see that you got your job done right - good hires! And now I want to talk to you about how you can do that for me.
You get it. If you are hiring someone for a role you want someone who will drive results for you. Working hard, having effort, saying how you did something fills space but isn't really what its about is it. Its about results. Like it or not, thats what stands out. So - when you as a candidate want to represent your past experience - focus on what resulted from your efforts. And have fun thinking about it too. I bet when you step back you'll realize you have been even more effective in your past than what you thought. And maybe you might think of times you weren't. And when you begin to be more aware of mapping effort to results - then you are on your way to really improving the trajectory of your worklife.
Hope this helps. If it resonates with you - go to your profile now by clicking on your pic in upper right corner here, update descriptions to start sentences with what you achieved and then perhaps how you did it. Then hit the generate resume button on your profile. I think you'll like what you see.....
( - I'll post rule #1 tmw - we talk about it often on Jobcase, but will rewrite about it soon...)
Do you want more interviews?
I wanted to share some info I recently obtained. I believe it may help many of us who feel like resumes are being sent into a black hole. The applicant tracking system software used by recruiters to evaluate resumes of potential candidates are very picky and don't leave any room for interpretation. If a job posting says they need someone that is good with spreadsheets and your resume only mentions Excel, then the software will not recognize that Excel is the same thing as spreadsheets. You have to use the same keywords in your resume that are listed in the job posting. If the job description asks for a registered nurse and your resume only has the abbreviation for a registered nurse then the software does not recognize that the abbreviation for registered nurse and that resume is scored lower and may not be selected. Basically, you have to re-word every resume you send. If the job description mentions a keyword 5 times then try to have that same keyword in your resume 5 times to improve how the software scores your resume. It's not always possible to put the keyword in your resume the same number of times as it is listed in the job description. If it makes your resume too wordy don't do it, but whenever possible it should help get your resume higher on the list of potential candidates.
Does YOUR resume show your age?
I am older so I am going to pass along some words of wisdom here. Chances are you probably haven’t had to show anyone a resume in years, right? I get it. So you might throw something together and think it’s clear to anyone who reads it how amazing you are, how top of the line, award-winning spectacular, but not everyone even knows how important what you did is. You need to SHOW them!!
The key is to make your resume NO more than two pages. Most recruiters will scan it in 20 or 30 seconds. Choose a traditional font, such as Times New Roman, in 9- to 12-point size, and use black type on white paper. You could also use Arial, Calibri, Cambria and Tahoma, they're pretty basic looking.
Stick to the most recent 10 to 15 years of experience. Avoid giving dates when it comes to decades-old experience and only include jobs if they’re relevant to the work you’re currently seeking. There’s no need for college graduation dates. Match the experience and skills you cite in your resume with the exact skills employers say they’re seeking in their job posting.
Your resume NEEDS to tell a story, not provide a list of job titles and dates. Slide in little snippets here and there such as you cut costs by a certain percentage, increased sales by 25 percent, or delivered project months ahead of schedule, etc.
Proofread your resume!! Of course, you do this, but it’s so easy to miss something. Print it out. Read it again the next day. Read it out loud. Ask someone else you trust to read it. Sloppy mistakes make it look like you’re careless and aren’t that interested in the job. So watch what you're doing on that resume.
I thought objectives were DEAD!
Does anyone use an objective anymore on your resume??? I don’t have one as I didn’t think it was necessary but a reference passing my cv internally for a position asked me to include one. Probably because I’m trying to move into a new industry…? I thought having an objectives on your resume was seen as a bad thing. So confused!!
How do you showcase your experience without spotlighting your age?
Good question! TopResume has some ideas for you. Take a look at their sample executive-level resume to see how you can develop yours: https://www.topresume.com/career-advice/10-powerful-changes-for-your-senior-level-resume #ageism #olderworkers #resumetips
Stream Line Your Resume
Job boards now have a neat tool that allow you to upload your resume and it fills out many application questions for you! Your resume will only save you time if you have it formatted correctly. Here are some tips to get the most out an upload feature and your resume: