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Your Resume Isn't Working If...

Kent Nolen

I often get asked about the biggest resume "fails" that I see as someone who also works on the other side of the table. Here are the five that come to mind today.

Check your resume to ensure that you pass on all five fronts.

You still use an Objective Statement. It's most important to speak to what you can offer, not what you want.

You rely on responsibilities rather than achievements. Most anyone can do; a select few achieve.

You employ the wrong voice. Implied first person is still the expected standard, and past jobs should be referred to in the past tense.

You fail to target it. Generic is out; specific is in. Each position of interest requires a thoughtfully targeted resume.

You don't communicate clearly. No spelling or syntax errors. Period.

For a bit more direction, you can check out my Starter Kit. It provides tips and tools that will help bolster your career trajectory.