Resume Tip Tuesday: The Best Resume Advice I Ever Got

Posted March 03, 2015

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Best Resume advice

When it comes to great resume advice, don't just take it from us. We've read hundreds of career advice articles over the years we've been doing this blog, and we'd like to share with you some of the best advice tips we've read.

Take it away Forbes:

1. Forbes: "Have Different Versions of Your Resume for the Different Jobs You're Applying for."

Trudy Steinfeld of Forbes isn't your average advice writer. In her career she's looked at well over 50,000 resumes and talks daily with hundreds of Recruiters and HR Directors who are the first people to see your resume.

Her advice is simple:

"The one-size fits all approach won’t cut it in a marketplace of increasingly specialized needs. So plan on having several versions of your resume adjusted for the different jobs you are applying for. Include ways you can make an immediate contribution to the organization that reflects the homework you should be doing about the organization you’re applying to. Make sure that you carefully review your resume and adjust it to contain the keywords that recruiters will be searching for."

2. Business Insider: "Have No Regrets."

Vivian Giang and Max Nisen of Business Insider share this great advice from Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and one of the most influential men in the world.

"The best advice I ever received? Simple: Have no regrets. Who gave me the advice? My mother has taught me many valuable lessons that have helped shape my life. But having no regrets stands out above all others, because it has informed every aspect of my life and every business decision we have ever made."

The takeaway from that advice would be to make a list of companies you have always wanted to apply to, but lacked the nerve or the confidence to do so. Then, apply to them.

If you're a software developer, that 'ultimate' company might be Google. If you're a writer, maybe you dream of working at Huffington Post or Reader's Digest. The point is (as Mr. Branson so graciously puts it), "you can't fail at what you've never tried."

3. "Keep Your Resume to One Page."

Ann Baehr, President of advises that all resumes should be kept to a maximum of one page - if humanly possible.

She says:

"A second page is fine if the information is important to who you are and the job you’re trying to get.  In fact, it’s more important to keep track of how many words are on the page, rather than how many pages you’ve written. That said, don’t write a five-page resume, or it’ll be tossed in the trash.

4. LinkedIn Pulse: "Replace Your Objective with QUALIFICATIONS."

Ruben Quintero, Director on the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, offers this sage resume advice:

"The recruiter or decision maker is looking for someone that closely matches the job opening, so make it easy for them by listing all of skills and experience at the very top of your resume. If they want to read the rest of your resume, they can, but they don't have to. You told them everything they needed to know."

For example, in your SUMMARY section you might write:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 7 years of customer service experience
  • 3 years of outside sales experience
  • 10 years of MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint experience
  • Fluent in Spanish

5. CareerAttraction - "Pretend You're Fired Today." 

If you're currently employed but are actively looking for better opportunities, you may not feel that fire under you that comes for being actually unemployed and wondering where your next rent check is going to come from.

 of has these wise words of advice:

"The best thing you can do is pretend you were fired today. If you were, you would start to make a list of all the activities you would do to land your next job. Take that list, and while you areworking, do one item a week to ensure your bases are always covered."

Her advice list includes:

1. Update your resume - and keep it updated. Make sure you have a cover letter written, updated, and ready to go.

2. Make sure you're connected to everyone you work with on LinkedIn.

3. Get recommendations on LinkedIn from anyone and everyone you can (including your clients and vendors).

4. Create a target list of companies you'd love to work for.

5. Check that the certifications listed on your resume are still relevant and up to date.

6. Join industry-related organizations.

7. Make coffee appointments with well-connected friends in your industry - you never know what nuggets of hiring advice you'll glean.

8. Help someone with their work-related goals. It never hurts to have work-related favors owed to you.

Natasha Rhodes is a careers expert and writer for CareerBliss, an online career community dedicated to helping people find happiness in the workplace. Check out CareerBliss for millions of job listings, company reviews, and salary information.

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Natasha Rhodes

Natasha Rhodes is a careers expert and writer for CareerBliss, an online career community dedicated to helping people find happiness in the workplace. Check out CareerBliss for millions of job listingscompany reviews, and salary information.

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