Sometimes in our careers, when one is tenured, one needs to BOTOX your profile and resume. To remove certain history on your resume is not dishonest, what you are ensuring is that what is in your resume is relevant to the job that you are applying for. In today’s world, No one wants a 20 page resume.
A definite don’t, is to make the very first line something like this….”More than 30 years Experience”, a young hiring manager sees this as OLD, not Experienced. Remember most of the Generations X and Y are now in the working populations. So age proofing your cv is critical. This has been tried and tested, BOTOX your resume and you will see how much more interested you will be appear to be.
Here are a few things to do quickly:
- Remove the decades ago jobs, they are no longer relevant in todays world.
- Think of your CV like a personal advert, keep it short, sharp and exciting. This document is only a door opener.
- You do not need to put your birth date, nor the year you completed high school. All you need to do is show your highest qualification and the date on that one.
- You do not need to list your career aspirations and personal goals, they are only interested in what you are going to do for them.
- Omit the 6 months stint jobs or part time roles, they are not interested in these either.
- Type you CV in a font size of no less than 12, no one want to read tiny font.
These are your CV essentials:
- You personal details, but not your address.
- Make sure your email address is professional.
- Summarize your career with bullets points.
- Take the key words from the job description and sprinkle them through out your CV.
- Include your professional skills, and not too much details.
- Hobbies/Interests: These make you stand apart and tell a lot about you, do not go into too much detail though.
- Add your LinkedIn link as well as any other social media links you have.
In closing, when you send your CV to a prospective employer, make the job title your subject line with your name. Now go get to work, and have fun with re inventing yourself in this regard.