Six magical tips to overhaul one's resume to bag the much-wanted job has been revealed by an American career expert.
Ellen Gordon Reeves, author of 'Can I Wear My Nosering to the Interview', insists that its important to get rid of certain useless phrases to make sure that the resume is more frequently picked up.
AdvertisementReeves suggests that information like 'skills' should either be incorporated into the resume itself or backed-up with specifics. She also says that it can go into a cover letter, CBS news reported.
"Create a resume format that works for you. Don't feel tied to the traditional functional or chronological structure for resumes. New times call for new forms," Reeves said.
She insists that job seeker's goal is to show off their skills to best advantage.
In the next tip she advises that however you choose to organize your resume, stay away from the phrases like "Professional Experience."
Instead, pick up a more specific title like "Human Resource Experience."
"Because it will likely be in a larger, bolder font on your resume, the section header always catches an employer's eye," Reeves explained.
"Professional Experience" doesn't tell the hiring manager what kind of job you want, or what kind of job you're looking for.
In another tip she insists on keeping away from the use of self-assessing language.
"As an employer I'm thinking 'I'll be the judge of that, don't tell me what to think of your skills,'" she said.
"I'll know by seeing what you've actually done and by calling your references. So don't waste any time on that sort of stuff.
Reeves also points out that it's important to highlight proper names.
"People respond to proper names-they jump out," Reeves said.
"When I scan a resume, I should easily see where you worked."
She also explains that paying attention to seemingly small items can count against the job seeker in a big way. Paying particular attention to getting these things right has bigger payoffs.
For example try avoiding numbers in the email address that is mentioned in the resume. According to Reeves, it can be distracting.
Besides this, include only one phone number on your resume. Don't make an employer guess which of two numbers to call, she points.
Lastly she advises that if your home phone is your office phone, an outgoing message featuring your kids may be cute, but it's not professional.