Are you looking for a job but not getting interviews? Even if you have experience, you may not be communicating what a potential employer wants to see on your resume. Here’s exactly what to change:
Ø Your “Objective.” Replace it with a “career summary” that describes your achievements and what you have to offer this specific employer. The exception is if you are changing careers.
Ø “References available on request.” Remove this line; if the employer wants references they will ask you for them. Add a statement from a mentor or co-worker about the quality of your work, your character, or something else relevant to the job.
Ø “Job duties include” or “Responsible for.” Instead, use action verbs to state concrete achievements that include numbers. Which of the following statements sounds more compelling?
v Responsible for new equipment acquisitions
v Led a technical committee that successfully justified $5 million
in new computer equipment acquisitions.
For examples of outstanding resumes for specific jobs, look for “Sample Resumes By Industry” at career-advice.monster.com