Four New Resume Tips

Posted: 1/29/2014

By: Elias Cobb, Quantix Recruiting Manager

As I look through resumes, I try and note a few common things people can do differently to aid their job search. I have covered common resume tips in earlier blogs. Here are four more I have noticed recently:

1) Don't include too much personal information on your resume. Hobbies are OK if they relate to the type of job you are seeking (e.g., Web development, doing volunteer IT work for a nonprofit, etc.). What you do not want to include are things such as birthdate, religious affiliations, political affiliations, if you have kids, etc. You never know what the person viewing your resume may think about these things. Perhaps someone viewing your resume sees you have children, for example, and draws the conclusion that you would be less willing to work overtime. It may not be true and you want to keep those types of negative conclusions from being drawn.

 

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2) Include quantifiable data on your resume - use numbers any place you can. Hiring managers love to see how much money you saved the company, how much you improved efficiency, how many people you managed, etc. So instead of saying, "saved company money" say, "saved company $100K in first month," or something to that effect. It adds punch to your resume.

3) If you write a cover letter, make sure you address the cover letter to the correct position! I do look at the resume anyway, but when I get an applicant writing a cover letter for a completely different position than the one for which they applied to me, I definitely view their resume in a more critical light. This happens ALL the time!

4) Double check your contact information. If I get a resume with an incorrect phone number or email address on it (yes, it happens more often than you'd think), it really shows a lack of attention to detail. Some typos and grammatical errors are understandable, but when it is something as simple as your contact information and you are applying for something as important as a job, well, it's hard to overlook that kind of mistake.