Career search – steps for success

Well, you’re ready for a job change. Maybe even a career change! You’ve thought about what is important to you about your next role. You know what type of management style makes you feel most engaged. And you’ve written a killer resume.
Here are some general points to help you get noticed for all the right reasons!
Make sure your resume has consistent formatting. [tweetthis]Your resume should have consistent formatting! #rockstarcandidate[/tweetthis]
  • If you have used bold-faced type to highlight a position title, then every position title should be in bold-faced type.
  • If you used indentations under a company name or title, then you need to use the same indentations under each company name or title.
  • Using capital letters should only be used at the beginning of sentences or with proper nouns. However, some people like to use capital letters to emphasize a title or a point in a sentence. My recommendation to you is that if you chose to use capital letters in a sentence or a phrase then you should do it consistently in your resume. For example, if you refer to your department as Product Management in one area of your resume then you need to capitalize the department name every time you use it. (Or vice versa if you use all lower case letters.)
  • If you use periods (“.”) at the end of bulleted phrases, always use them!
Be careful of using verbiage that is company-specific. [tweetthis]Will a hiring manager understand the acronyms in your #resume? #rockstarcandidate[/tweetthis]
  • A business unit’s name or acronyms mean something to you but may not translate outside of your current organization.
  • Ask someone outside of your current organization to read your resume to make sure that phrases and acronyms are generic or intuitive enough for any reader.
Use consistent verb tense.
  • Let’s face it, 8th grade English class was a long time ago. I sometimes forget my verb tenses too! But your resume is your first impression to a new manager and company. Take the extra step to proofread or use an online proofreading site to check your verb tense.
  • Check verb tenses between sentences. If your first sentence uses “serving” but your second and third sentences uses “specializes” and “provides”, your verb tense is not consistent. I would suggest sticking with one, and I prefer present/progressive tense which uses words ending in “-ing”. That tense implies that it has happened in the past, is currently happening and will (potentially) continue in the future.
Check formatting after converting from one word processing tool to another. [tweetthis]Look like a pro! Check formatting before sending your #resume! #rockstarcandidate[/tweetthis]
  • If you use a Mac word processor, make sure you save your file in a Microsoft compatible format. Look at how the formatting may have changed after you do that conversion. Most online application sites prefer the use of Microsoft formatted files – sorry Mac users!
  • Same steps are true if you convert from a word processor to an Adobe Acrobat, or .pdf, file. Sometimes font sizes can change and additional hard returns will appear during the conversion process. Be mindful of this and test it out before you upload your file!
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