Making A Resume That Rocks
Making a resume that will cause employers to want to hire you is a lot like making love. You want to take your time, do it right, get some pleasure out of it, maybe even sweat a little. Hopefully not in the literal sense, but hey, if that’s what it takes!
Making a resume that rocks is all about making sure you have the right words on paper to say all that you want to. No, I’m not saying to write a biography about your exciting (or less than exciting in some of our cases, let’s face it!) life or to babble on and on about how much you want the job, but you should be able to get all of your job related skills and experience on your resume without making it look cluttered or losing your focus.
First of all, making a resume that includes the “right” words just means making sure your resume is geared toward the position you’re after. In most cases, you should of course list all work experience, but in some cases you might just want to list related experience so that it’s the focus of your resume.
For example, making a resume for a job in education doesn’t really require you to include the job that you had when you were 16 waiting tables. If you don’t have a lot of work experience and want to include it to give your resume more meat, you can… just make sure you make it sound related. I know it may not really be true that being a server you were able to talk about the things you were learning in school and teach customers valuable things they didn’t know… but somehow working this in to a resume for teaching if you’re going to include that particular job will work to your advantage.
That being said, one of the biggest NO NO’s is to include exaggerations which some might say are flat out lies on your resume. Making a rockin resume means making something that’s real and honest, a true representation of who you are. So glamorizing an old job that may not look so good on paper may seem like a good idea at the time that you’re making a resume, but there’s a huge change it could backfire on you, so don’t do it.
If you were a stripper, calling yourself a “trained ballet dancer” is probably not a good idea. Actually, I wouldn’t go around advertising that kind of work experience at all, but to each their own. Also, blatant elaboration such as a job that you held as a secretary, but then saying that you were promoted to president of the company within 6 months is an obvious lie and definitely not conducive to making a resume that is going to get you an interview.