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