You NEVER know when or where your next opportunity is going to come from. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your resume stays ready, so you never have to get it ready.
This week, join Syd for the final installment of the Making Career Moves Series with S2 Ep12 Making Career Moves Part III:, where she is sitting down with career coach and professional resume writer, Charnay "The Resume Addict" Haynes to discuss all the tips and tricks for getting and keeping your resume interview ready.
Charnay is a certified resume writer, career coach, and ex-recruiter who has written 4,000+ resumes. She is passionate about helping people of color land the career opportunities they deserve.
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What’s the first section that should be on your resume?
A professional summary that is a brief statement that describes your experience and why you qualify for a role. Sample Statement: I am a collaborative, mission-driven, innovative Attorney with 10 years of experience as in-house general counsel for large corporations.
What should be next on your resume?
A bullet point list of key words that describe your skills, titled “Areas of Expertise” or “Core Competencies,” that you pull directly from the job description, to communicate why you’re a good fit for a particular role.
What should be next?
Your work experience section should be next and should be limited to 3-4 roles and should include no more than 10 years of work history.
Should you include internships on your resume as a working professional?
Yes, especially if your internship is directly applicable to the role. However, if the internship is fairly old, then include the internship as an honorable mention instead of a full description of work.
How long should your resume be?
Ideally, a resume should be one page, UNLESS you are applying for director level and above roles. In that case, two pages is acceptable.
Can you lie on your resume?
You cannot and should not lie on your resume. Make sure that the days and months that you worked at a job, your job title and what you did in the role are accurate. If you do try to artificially fluff your resume, at the very least make sure that whatever you include on your application, in your resume and on your LinkedIn profile are consistent.
Should we include Honors, Awards or Community Service?
Only if you have space. If including any of these things will be the difference between you having a one-page or two-page resume, save them for an application, cover letter or interview.
Where should your education go on your resume?
If you’re a recent graduate, include your education at the top of your resume. If you’re more than 5 years out of school include it at the bottom. Only include a GPA with your education if you have above a 3.5 and that goes for graduate school and undergraduate school.
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