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Crafting a Kickin’ Resume

Unfortunately, most of us aren’t Chuck Norris. If you are, there’s no need to continue reading since you don’t need resume tips, you give them.

Resume Tips for the Rest of Us

The resume is your first, and sometimes only chance to make a good impression on a potential employer. If you don’t wow with the resume, chances are you won’t get an interview. Here are some resume tips to give yours a black belt in awesome.

Save the File as Your Name

Don’t save the file as MyResume or Resume. When someone saves your resume to review later, it will be difficult to find if they know your name but your resume isn’t saved with your name. Also, if you have different versions of your resume for specific jobs, use the job title along with your name in the resume doc name. Including a year is also a good way to tell your resume apart from older versions on your resume. Nothing is more embarrassing or a better way to end up in the reject pile than sending a wrong resume. Oops!

The Headline

Craft a professional headline and sub-headline that sums up your accomplishments right under your name. This may not be appropriate for all resumes (if you’re new from college for example) but for most resumes, it can set you apart from the group.

Chuck Norris

Martial Artist Guru and Actor

Keeping the world safe, one roundhouse kick at a time.

Ditch the Objective

Unless you craft a different objective for every job you apply for, chances are your objective won’t line up with the job you’re applying for. Instead, include a section in your Professional Profile Summary with 3-5 specific accomplishments in your field.

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Actor: Known for roles in The Wrecking CrewCode of SilenceThe Delta Forceand Walker, Texas Ranger.

Martial Artist: Inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame in 1999 for achievements in the sport.

Visionary: Creator of the martial art Chun Kuk Do which includes various elements from a wide range of combat styles and a personal code of conduct.

Remove the Photo

Although I’ve seen a trend to including a profile picture on resumes for those in creative fields (graphic designer, web designer, artist, author) which is fine, it’s not a great idea to include a photo on every resume, especially if, well, the photo isn’t really professional (I’ve seen several Borat lookalikes). You could actually reduce your chance of getting an interview. If you want people to see what you look like, include a link to your LinkedIn profile.

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Elizabeth is the Marketing Manager at PROTECH. Comments and feedback can be directed to her at elizabethb@protechfl.com.