No matter what form of resume you choose, each has certain parts in common that appear in the same places, or serve the same function. These are:
This section appears at the top of your resume and includes your name (with notable professional designations), telephone numbers (home and/or cell phone), and email address. Including your LinkedIn profile address is optional. A new trend is omitting your residence address. This is acceptable, but still include city and state. Make sure your name stands out with larger font, bolding of the letters, or another technique.
No photos should appear on your resume (unless it is required in your industry). If they want to know what you look like they can look at your LinkedIn profile.
Your email address must be professional. Some advocate that you create an email account tailored for your job search and the email address should be supportive of your branding, i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org. Avoid this. Many hiring executives view this “technique” with chagrin.
Make sure your email address does not contain any reference to your age or year of birth, e.g., Johnsmith1961, or shelia57.
There are several professional formats you can use:
If you need to, add your lucky number, area code, zip code, or other number prior to the @ symbol.
By titling your resume, it announces what the resume is going to describe so the reader doesn’t have to scan the entire resume to determine your professional background. Be reasonably specific with your title. For example, “Senior Healthcare Sales Representative,” “Casualty Field Claims Professional,” “Vice President of Operations.”
The title of your resume should align with your LinkedIn profile and the business card type(s) you choose to use.
What the Pros Say:
Is it important to have a title on a resume?
Yes, it provides clarity to the person who is doing the initial resume scan and deciding whether to consider a candidate further. Leaving off a title can also create confusion over which position you’re interested in applying for with larger companies.
Yes. It is the equivalent to a headline on a newspaper article. Would you ever read an article that was missing a headline?
Your branding statement should appear under your resume’s title. This could be either a statement or a few descriptive words that relate to or support your brand. Some examples include:
Dedicated to improving sales through effective leadership.
Process Improvement • Manufacturing Efficiency • Strategy
The objective statement has fallen out of favor for seasoned professionals and should not be used except for special circumstances (a significant change in career path, industry sabbaticals, and so on).
If you choose to use an Objective Statement, ensure it clearly states your purpose for pursuing a position with the employer. The content of the resume must support the Objective Statement.
Using an objective statement properly means keeping it short. Avoid such nebulous phrases as:
• “Opportunity for advancement” or “Advance my career”
• “Challenging opportunity”
• “Utilizing my experience”
• “Professional growth”
• “Increase in compensation”
State the benefits you can bring to the employer—not the benefits you want from the employer.
What the Pros Say:
What is your opinion regarding the use of an Objective Statement?
RUN AWAY! Employers couldn’t care less about your objective. They naturally assume that your objective is to secure employment with them. Opt for a position title, personal branding statement and career snapshot that show the employer how you can meet a bleeding need and be a benefit to their company.
Your resume is not the place to talk about what you want, it’s the place to convince employers that they’re going to lose out on all the great success you’ll bring with you if they choose someone else.
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