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Here are a few reminders you can use when writing your resume.

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Resumes. Can't live with them. Can't live without them. I have done a lot of videos about writing resumes but I want to offer a few basic points that would coalesce some of those ideas.

Never ever use a template. Templates make you look ordinary; it cheapens the look of the document. Follow the format but you don't actually want to use one. One reason not to use a template is because, if you're going to submit a resume through an applicant tracking system, some have trouble parsing fields in templates. It also becomes more difficult for third-party recruiters to do editing.

"What do you mean? Why can't they just do copy and paste?"

It's because the frames that certain fields are put into make it hard to do that. In addition, you're also asking people to waste time they don't really have.

So, ditch the templates.

Next, instead of listing, "Objectives," just know that no one really cares and if you want them to care, put it into your cover email (you don't send a cover letter as a separate attachment. You put it into the message area of an email). You use that to talk about some of the things you are looking for in a job.

If you are used to using objectives, replace it with, "Summary." Make sure the summary is keyword rich, specifically with the right keywords for the type of role that you perform and the kind of successes that you've had. Again, when people are looking for resumes on job boards, when they are searching for them in applicant tracking systems or on LinkedIn if they are trying to find you, they are searching by keywords. They are not simply scrolling through resumes.

When writing your resume, don't just simply focus on your responsibilities, focus on responsibilities AND results that you have gotten, quantified by money saved were money earned.

These are a few the small changes I want to encourage you to make to your resume. So, to summarize:

1. Get rid of templates

2. Replace objectives with keyword rich  summaries

3. Spent time on responsibilities and results, the impact of what you did, quantified by money saved and money earned.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No

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