For most virtual workers, networking online is the way to build and sustain a client base. This is why a current and well-written resume is important to have stored on a drive. Even with the popularity of LinkedIn, most companies and clients will want to review a resume.
Before you send a resume, you’ll want to make sure it’s updated with current information. And more importantly, the right information.
Remember, you’re competing with other virtual workers for clients. Don’t let your resume content trip you up.
For this post, we’ll talk about all the things to ditch, pronto. Because what you don’t include sometimes matters more than what you do.
In the Middle Ages, monks wrote illuminated manuscripts by candlelight and managed to avoid typos.
Fast forward to 2018 and there are computers, spell check, apps to correct your spelling and grammar, services to check your spelling and grammar, document sharing apps to send your resume to friends to check your spelling and grammar.
Or you can send the whole thing to a resume service. See where I am going here?
There is no reason for your resume to have typos. Zero. Zip. A resume with typos tells the client you can’t spell, can’t be bothered to proofread, and don’t have a clue on how to sell yourself.
Proof and proof and proof it again with a different set of eyes.
Every bit of real estate matters. Did you work on a project that generated considerable revenue for a client? Develop a social media strategy that brought measurable results? These are things that matter.
You know what doesn’t matter? Your hobbies. The fact that you like sailing will have little influence on whether or not you get the gig.
Save personal interests as a topic of discussion during the interview process if the hiring manager asks you. It’s ok to present yourself as a well-rounded person. Just don’t do it on your resume.
You know Microsoft Word! That’s great. You’re in the company of millions of other workers around the world.
If a position requires advanced or specific Microsoft Office skills you’ll be tested on your skill level. You can also discuss in an interview the types of things you can do with Microsoft Office.
For example, can you create pivot tables in Excel? Footnotes and table of contents formatting in Word? Here’s where you can define your skill level and provide useful information to the client.
If you list Adobe on your resume, make sure you specify what program. Adobe can be anything from Reader to Dreamweaver. If you rock at PhotoShop, list how graphics or photos that you created have been used.
A laundry list of software says nothing about your skill level or how you’ve used the software to benefit a company. Edit the list and integrate your skills into job responsibilities.
Social Media Profiles
Unless you are a social media manager using links to promote your skill set, leave these off a resume.
Chances are your resume is so boring that the client will click on your social media links to waste some time on the Internet.
And what will they find on your Facebook page?
Something to hold against you.
Your innocent vacation pics of margaritas on the beach translate into “possible day drinker”. Don’t give a client any reason to make negative assumptions about you.
The “Creative” Resume
Ah… the creative resume. The quickest way to being unemployed, forever.
No matter how well designed, these resumes are always a no. If you are in a creative field, use a portfolio site to present your skills. Otherwise, there’s no reason for unusual fonts and graphics on a resume.
If you present your skills and work history in a cohesive manner, you won’t need bells and whistles to promote yourself. In fact, your resume may be headed straight for the recycle bin.
Your resume is the way you present yourself to the virtual world. Make sure clients and companies see you in the best light possible by avoiding unnecessary and detrimental resume content.
Click on your current resume and see how you can improve the content. Share your thoughts with us below!