11 Tips for Rebooting Your Old School Resume from Dyana Valentine, M.A.

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Dyana Valentine is a project producer, scribe and motivator. And she was nice enough to provide us and the readers of Greasyguide.com with some super helpful tips to reboot your resume. You can learn more about Dyana Valentine at http://www.dyanavalentine.com/

1. Get a p.o. box; take off your home address; It’s VERY important that you have a PO Box, not a home address, for security reasons–this is particularly true if you are posting a resume online to a public system. It’s just not worth the risk.

2. Get an email address that is some version of your name (avoid underscores and birth dates). Not sexylady122@emaill.com.

3. Add a photo (and if you need one, get a headshot that shows who you are and what you really look like–straight forward, not a bbq snapshot);

4. Lead with what you are really, really good at (and what you really want to do–even if you are the supreme spreadsheet designer, if you don’t want to do that 9 hours a day, don’t lead with it!)

5. If you had a gap in work–put the dates down and say what you were doing–really! Be honest. It will show them that you are transparent and (hopefully) did something interesting during that time that will add value to their company/position.

6. Disclose where you can be found on the web: twitter, linkedin, facebook, (they can and will look you up, may as well make it easy for them and let them know you are out there participating–oh, and you may want to tighten up your pages to support your mission of getting a new gig–write a fresh bio).

7. Think of ways (or ask co-workers, friends, family) that you truly innovated where you worked before–describe a project you were really proud to be associated with and exactly what you did on it.

8. List your achievements–both on and off the job–it lets employers know who you are. (okay, okay, you can leave off the “best costume” award from last Halloween, but PTA president demonstrates leadership, civic commitment and community involvement)

9. For heaven’s sake, use a clean, standard type face (“font”); death to Comic Sans or other flourish-y styles (unless you are a designer and are using something super fashionable or of your own creation that your peers agree is appropriate); and

10. Tell it like it is. Long gone are the days of elaboration-beyond-reality resumes. You will be called upon to “prove it;” so if you didn’t really do it, don’t write it.

11. Research your target companies/organizations/projects–find out what they are doing in the world and how you fit into it for your cover letter/intro email. Lead with THEM, not you.

1 Comment
  • Mocha Dad
    December 17, 2008

    These are some excellent tips. As a hiring manager, I concur with them wholeheartedly.

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