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Handy, Five-Point Resume Refresher


A press release from Harris Allred, an executive-search, technology, and quant-analyst placement service, lists five points for “supercharging your resume.” The list, especially directed at technology pros, doesn’t include anything we haven’t covered in this blog, but it’s a nice, compact refresher to some of the most important points for preparing your resume:
  • A bulleted resume is easier to scan for key skills and industry experience. List accomplishments and projects on the resume to give the hiring manager context to your position, responsibilities and skill set.
  • Make sure your resume reflects accomplishments that you are most proud of — what you’ve made, saved, or achieved in a position.
  • Include a bullet point on your resume if you’ve been responsible for an impactful project — maybe enterprise architecture design, a data center move or restructuring — that’s created efficiencies for the firm.
  • Include key words relevant to the role. If a job description requires a specific skill, candidates should make sure it appears prominently in both the body of the resume as well as in the technical summary. If your resume is submitted to a database it will likely be retrieved through a search function that is keyword-focused.
  • Resume length should correlate to your years of professional experience — 3 pages for an experienced candidate, 2 pages for a more junior candidate; for an entry level job seeker, 1 page is perfectly acceptable. [Editor’s note: We disagree slightly with this one. In this Twitter-inspired age of brevity and short attention spans, a 3-page resume should be used only when absolutely necessary.]
The release also includes a set of points about promoting accomplishments in an interview. You can apply these to resume accomplishments, as well:
  • When discussing your involvement in a project include the original problem, solution and results.
  • Offer specifics about your project involvements and your role as a team member. Give a brief description of the project, including name/location/scale, and the phases in which you contributed and deliverables you produced or to which you contributed.
  • Remember to put your accomplishments in a broader context and speak to how they apply to the organization or department as a whole.