6 Interview-Winning Resume Tweaks That Take 6 Minutes or Less

Is your resume making the phone ring?

Unless you hire a professional to do the heavy lifting, you’ll probably spend hours agonizing over every word of your resume. You’ve probably second-guessed, stressed, and obsessed, because so much is at stake. You need to get hired, and you can’t afford to waste time. But you wouldn’t be here if the resumes you’re sending were making your phone ring.

If you have six minutes,we can change that.

6 Interview-Winning Resume Tweaks That Take 6 Minutes or Less

The good news is that small tweaks to your resume can make a huge difference in how you appear to hiring managers and recruiters. You don’t have to feel desperate and hopeless.

These tweaks aren’t earth-shattering, but they are difference-makers. Put them to use today to get the interviews you deserve.

1. Read it slowly.

Sometimes, obvious spelling and grammar mistakes leap off the page. Computers don’t catch every mistake. You want your resume to communicate that you have attention to detail. But spelling and grammar errors say the opposite. Don’t give managers a reason to think you’re sloppy or lazy. You might be surprised what you’ll find when you read through your resume carefully.

2. Read it out loud.

Does it sound awkward? Does it make sense? Is it easy to read? Take a few minutes to straighten the kinks and present a more reader-friendly resume.

3. Ask a friend to read it.

Know someone who’s always correcting your grammar? Call on the English major in your life to critique your resume. A second pair of eyes and a fresh perspective may be exactly what your resume needs to communicate effectively what makes you great.

4. Break it up.

Use bullet points and white space to make your resume easy on the eyes. Break long blocks of text into shorter ones. Say things more succinctly or add line breaks. Remember that you only get a few seconds of attention. You have to earn the right to be heard past those first few seconds with a resume that’s pleasant to digest.

Make your resume easy to scan. That’s what managers do anyway. If they can’t scan your resume, they’ll keep moving without a second glance.

5. Personalize it.

If you’re sending the exact same resume to 100 companies, managers can tell. It only takes a few minutes to tailor your resume to the person receiving it. What is he looking for, in particular? How can you connect your expertise to that need?

That’s the difference between “I wish someone would hire me!” and “Your business should hire me, and here’s why.” Which of these will get you the interview?

6. Strengthen it.

Many candidates fill their resumes with long lists of duties and responsibilities. What managers want to ask is, “So what?”

Use action verbs, and describe accomplishments. What results did you achieve? How is the company better because of you? Describe those results with powerful words that pack a punch.

Did you lead a team? Or did you “coordinate,” “orchestrate,” “head,” or “control” a group that accomplished something worth noting? See the difference?

Did you save your employer time or money? Or did you “conserve,” “decrease,” “yield,” or “consolidate” resources in a way that made a real difference? Take a few minutes to choose words that have an impact.

Make an investment in your future with a resume / CV and cover letter written by Vivian Adkins, CPRW of Foremost Resumes. Foremost Resumes offers affordable resume writing services – resume prices are published here. If you have any questions about my resume services, call or text 1-321-442-7994.

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Thank you!

—Vivian Adkins, Resume Writer at Foremost Resumes

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Vivian Adkins, CPRW
Vivian Adkins, CPRW is the owner of Foremost Résumés and a Certified Résumé Writer. On this blog you can learn about résumés, how LinkedIn can help with your job search, how to conduct an online job search, and more.
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