Is Your Résumé Effective?

You don’t know what you don’t know. When it comes to résumés, that can make your job search ineffective, fruitless, and frustrating.

Do you know if your résumé is effective? Here are some questions to ask yourself when you look at your résumé to find out:

  1. Will the reader learn what you want them to know about you in 10 seconds or less?
  2. Is your value proposition unique and clear?
  3. Will your résumé excite the reader and encourage them to call you?
  4. Is your résumé differentiated from your competitions’?
  5. Will your résumé be easily found by applicant tracking software (ATS)?
  6. Does your résumé provide metrics/tangible proof of the results you’ve claimed to achieved?
  7. If your résumé is a snapshot of you and your performance, is it focused on what the reader is seeking?
  8. Is your résumé easily skimable —10 seconds, remember?
  9. Do you provide the reader with the context to understand the issues you were hired/promoted to address?
  10. Have you used your résumé “real estate” well, how’s it look?
  11. Have you avoided typos, punctuation mistakes and overused terminology (team player, seasoned, go-getter)?
  12. Does your résumé market you in both form and substance?

These questions are just the beginning of the journey toward a compelling, effective résumé, one which excites the reader and does your career its due. If you found yourself answering “No” to these questions, you have some work to do, but don’t let that get you down; you’re not a professional job seeker or résumé writer. If you’d like an ExecuNet résumé writer to take a look at your résumé, just go to our Career Center to sign up for a complimentary résumé review — you must be a member for this service.

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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