It takes 2 seconds to see what is wrong with your resume
Dear Sam: People look at my resume and see that I have never held the specific job title I’m applying for but, while I’ve never held these titles, it is everything that I have been doing at my job for the past five years. I also feel that the personality that people love from me isn’t shining through my resume either. I’ve tried numerous different attempts to get some sort of response and am at a complete loss at this point as to what to do. — Desperate
Dear Desperate: Thanks for attaching your resume so I could see what you are submitting to prospective employers. In less than two seconds, I could see several issues with your resume.
(1) Non-differentiating design – You used a common Word resume template, so you will immediately look like many others who applied for the same job. Incidentally, I use this same template when facilitating seminars, to show how you should not design your resume.
(2) You have a typo in the first line of your resume – Did you know that 23% of hiring managers discard a resume with one typo?
(3) Poor prioritization of duties – You open describing functions that offer little relevance to the positions you are seeking.
(4) Too many short-terms jobs – You have presented two jobs that you held for just a few months, when instead you could completely omit these short-term jobs–presenting only years of employment so not to show gaps–and focus on your longer-term experience.
(5) Vacant content – Let me ask you, if you have provided no explanation of what you did for a given employer, how do you expect a prospective employer to “see” the value in that experience? Don’t put something on your resume and then not explain anything about it!
Literally, these are the errors I saw in a very brief review of your resume. I urge you to revamp your resume using today’s standards. You need to do a much better job “translating” your experiences into the language that will attract your target audience. You can absolutely have a fantastic resume speaking to your administrative skill set; you just need to be more strategic about developing your brand.
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