How to Market Yourself With a Winning Résumé
Do you think you don’t have to revise your résumé because you like your current job? Career experts recommend that you review your résumé at least once a year.
Make sure your summary and employment section focuses on what you accomplished, rather than the job titles you had.
Tap into your inner Hemingway and shorten paragraphs and sentences, so there’s lots of “meat” and little “fat.”
In any résumé, the make-or-break section is the top third of the page, so make sure you put your most compelling information there.
Don’t cram content into multiple, information-dense, multi-lined paragraphs with no white space. Instead, use tidy bullets and sectioned-off information blocks.
Don’t fixate on how long you did something; describe how well you did it. “Reduced operating expenses by 25% on legacy replacement project” is better than “Served as CIO for five years.”
For example, if you’re submitting a résumé as part of an awards package for yourself, you’ll need to brag about you. If you’re submitting one as part of a team awards submission, you should focus on “we” rather than “I.”
Craft your résumé so that the sections, wording and key phrases are consistent with your Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
Once you’ve perfected the résumé, you can use it as a template to create other executive materials, such as online bios and “About the Author” information.