Spring Resume Cleaning with CEO Dawn Whitney

Spring Resume Cleaning with CEO Dawn Whitney

Whether you have been laid off, furloughed or are still working, there is never a bad time to freshen up your resume. If you have been sending out your resume to countless positions and feel like you never hear back, there is a chance it is an easy reason why- your resume.

I figured it is time to throw my hat in the ring as another point of reference since my entire career has been one of helping others. When I hire my internal staff to become recruiters, this becomes their number one focus- serving others. Contrary to what some may believe, recruiters do it to serve. We love helping candidates find a job, prepare a resume, ace a phone screen, and wow a team on a panel interview.

Here are some simple tools of the trade to help you if you are thinking about sprucing up that resume during this time. Much of this information I am sharing is from the many years of experience in this business but most importantly, it is directly from my clients. The people looking to hire YOU. If a position opens and a hiring manager received 100+ resumes on their desk, how will YOURS stand out?

Important things to note:
• It takes a client an average for 20-30 seconds to scan a resume and decide “yes or no”
• They are looking to understand quickly what you do, for how long and why you stand out
• Please make it easy for a prospective employer to review your resume quickly and understand exactly what type of skills you can bring to the table

The Do’s and Please Don’ts:
• Bulleted items at the top of the resume make it easier for client’s to quickly summarize experience–Group your years of experience at the top under for example:

o 15+ years of project management experience
o 10 years of leadership expertise managing teams of 12 or more
o Managed a $10M operating budget
o Expert in working with Epic modules (Stork, ClinDoc, OpTime) Certified in ASAP
o Presented projects at the executive and Board of Director level-key contributor to change management initiatives

• Professional Skills should go at the top of your resume, under your name/contact info
• Education, Certifications and Achievements should be listed at the bottom
• Reference anything in your experience that shows a #’s, $’s and %’s as this jumps out on a resume and should always be used if possible
• Fill in the gaps-if you have not worked for a year, put down a bullet that explains what you have been doing. For example, went back to school for my MBA, took care of a family member, sabbatical, traveled etc.
• Limit the bullets under each of your jobs to 5 bullets- the goal is to give a general overview of your duties, not list your entire job description
• If you are certified in something specific, have a specific degree etc., put it after your name at the top so it is noticed quickly (i.e. PhD, MSN, PMP)
• Do not list an objective-this will limit you and most employers skip over this section
• Please do not use “I” or refer to yourself as a third person
• Please do not put your hobbies or personal information on your resume. Save this for sharing if asked in the interview
• Leave off the shading/borders and fancy text with headers and footers—its not giving you a leg up
• Try not to exceed 2-3 pages

Just remember this general rule, your resume is a “snapshot” of who you are, what you have done and where you have excelled. It should be used as a guide to entice a prospective employer to want to talk to you and learn more. Make it easy for hiring managers to read and to quickly decide to call you for an interview. I promise these tips will help you become much more marketable so you can land that first interview. And if you do have any long gaps in 2020, at least you can try some humor and try this technique: