Spring Cleaning Your Resume:  5 Ways to Improve Your Resume and Land the Job You Want by Summer

Spring is almost here—and as the weather slowly warms, you’ll likely notice your neighbors sprucing up their front yards, sweeping out their foyers, or maybe putting a fresh coat of paint on their front door. We tend to prioritize the entrance to our home, because it serves as a first impression to our guests.

Resumes serve a similar purpose. They offer employers a brief glimpse of your experience, and (hopefully) make them want to learn more.  And like those high-traffic areas of our homes, resumes need to be periodically freshened up to make sure that they are still representative of you and your expertise.

If you want your career to blossom this spring, complete these five simple tasks:

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Hiring managers and recruiters will check out your LinkedIn profile shortly after reviewing your resume. Any inconsistencies—different dates of employment, different job titles, etc.—will be major red flags. When you update your resume, make sure to edit your LinkedIn profile accordingly, and vice-versa.

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Hiring managers are often inundated with hundreds of resumes for a single position. A typo or grammatical error provides a quick and easy reason for your resume to be moved to the “no” pile. Have a friend or family member proofread your resume, and look out for formatting issues (different sized bullet points, inconsistent font sizes, etc.) You should also be sure to spell-out any acronyms. Industry- or company-specific acronyms may roll right off your tongue on a conference call, but they could confuse hiring managers.

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It’s true that showing measurable results makes your resume more impactful. Reporting that you increased qualified leads by 43 percent, for example, is more powerful than stating that you generated more leads. However, statistics become less compelling when they are overused. And too much quantification could make hiring managers question the authenticity of your data. It’s best to include data about only the most important results.

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You probably learned a lot of valuable lessons from your college job as a restaurant server or bookstore clerk, but employers simply aren’t interested in irrelevant jobs from long ago. Including those positions on your resume flags you as a rookie. Remove them and use that precious page-space for more important qualifications.

5. Excise Vague Verbs.

In an effort to avoid using the same words over and over, many job seekers turn to vague verbs that don’t paint a true picture of their experience. For example, the words assist, collaborate, or participate do not provide the employer with any real information about your role in a project. Each bullet point on you resume should explain, in the clearest terms possible, an exact contribution or accomplishment. If it can’t be defined without vague words, it shouldn’t be on your resume.

Once your resume is properly spruced up, make a habit of it. We recommend updating your resume every few months—even if you’re not on the job market. It’s much easier to provide concrete details and quantifiable results when the work is fresh in your mind.

by McKinley Marketing Partners