Your Resume Speaks When You Aren’t There

Every professional has had to put together a resume/CV or work portfolio. The goal is that it positively represents our accomplishments and work history. But what your resume whispers between the lines when you aren’t there is vitally important. Here are some things that your resume could be saying and ways to help.

Not Relevant – Do you still have “works well with people”, “hard-worker”, or “quick learner” on your resume? These are all tells that your skill set is not relevant, and that you are in the 90’s way of thinking in a 2000’s workplace. Make sure to use buzz words that are relevant to your field. But, stay away from being cliché. Need help with keywords? Check out my e-book Resumes that Get Results .  I researched and listed some of the top job-specific keywords that your resume is scanned for before a person ever sees it.

Make sure to use buzz words that are relevant to your field.

No Skills – Did you load up your cover letter with how much you are willing to learn from your new job and how you take direction well? This is a no-no. Companies are looking to hire people who can get the job done. Saying that you are a quick learner hurts you. Make sure to list the accomplishments that you have had in this field (paid or unpaid). Make sure to study your future company, so that you have a workable plan to discuss. This shows skill and initiative. When you are hiring someone to mow your lawn, if they said, “I am a quick learner”, would they get the job against someone who brought their own tools and trade know-how with them?  Stack the deck in your favor.

Study your future company, so that you have a workable plan to discuss.


Nomad – Make sure to have good answers for any gaps in your resume. If you suffered a job loss, did you volunteer during this time? Make sure to list those experiences. When you are between jobs, it is a great time to volunteer in your field, or at local non-profits. These organizations could use your expertise, and you benefit by continuing to use your skills and showing your ability to give back.

If you have been jumping place to place because you can’t hold a job, it is important to do a gut check. Are you really where you should be?  Focus on finding your true career path. You may need more school or an internship to help get you going, but do it!  Nomads are homeless, you don’t want to end up that way.  Find your purpose (this could help).

When you are between jobs, it is a great time to volunteer in your field

Dishonest – NEVER falsify your work history. One of the worst things that can happen in a job search, is that you are caught lying on your resume. This is not only wrong, it can  may cause you to lose your job and in some cases be grounds for legal action.  Go through your resume carefully.  Confirm that the dates, job titles and locations are accurate. Make sure that you can confidently explain your duties at every organization.  It can be tempting to overstate your role from door greeter, to VP of Customer Engagement, but don’t do it.

Not Too Smart – Typos are common errors, but in the case of your resume, they can be deadly.  If a computer scanner is weeding out everyone without SEO experience, and you mistakenly typed SOE, your resume will never get to human eyes.  Additionally, if it is riddled with typos, misspelled words and poor grammar, you may find your resume and chances of getting an interview in File 13 (the trash bin).

Great Candidate – This resume shows a clear work history that shows continual growth. Keywords relative to the position are easily seen at a glance. The job qualifications are met and highlighted. Contact information is accurate and professional (no There are no misspelled words and the font is at a readable size.  There is so much competition for so few key positions.  Making sure your resume is singing your praises should be high on your list of priorities.

Before you give up on having a professional resume, there are many places that can help you.  My  e-book Resumes that Get Results gives you great solutions to help make sure that your resume is working for you and not against you. Other  sources include many local non-profit employment organizations as well as your local unemployment office.

Want to get help from the Pros? My favorite paid resume writing service is LOFT.  They do  beautiful and professional graphic and text formated resumes that are scannable by HR computers. They have partnered with me (I get a commission) and I only partner with companies that I trust. They did my last resume update and I will use them always!

If you are sending out tons of resumes but not getting any interviews, those days are over. Let’s change the game!

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