Your Resume Review
Thank you very much for using our resume review service and for submitting your resume. I’ve read through the document you uploaded and I would make some observations, suggestions and recommendations under the various headings below.
I can see you’re at an early stage of your career, having just graduated. However, this is an excellent stage to be considering how best to structure your resume and how to include more in it for the future, as time goes by.
Actions to take
- You need to add a few brief words to add context under your work experiences, for all of the periods of employment except the JFK space center. For example, is Atlas Power a big company or a small enterprise? The more you can show strong employers, the more it shows your experience as more valuable.
- It’s good you have a ‘Profile’ section. But focus on what you can bring or deliver to the potential employer, not what you want.
- Your ‘Achievements’ section is nice, but perhaps call it ‘Additional Achievements’ and include further achievements within your ‘Experience’ section, if possible. Also, if you can, try to make them relevant to the job you are next applying for.
- Under ‘Achievements’, be wary of using acronyms like ‘SMEP’, people may not know what that means and you lose value as a result.
- The resume can be brief, but you need to make it stand out against other potential candidates. Your resume does this quite well, throught the information and sections you present. However, do not use blocks of strong solid colour. It risks showing style, rather than substance. Also, it’s possibly slow and expensive to print.
- The one page resume is good for your stage.
- Your soft skills need to be presented – these are crucial as they are usually transferrable skills. Perhaps put these under a new section called ‘Personal Qualities’ or ‘Transferable Skills’. You can pull 3 from your ‘Skills’ section, namely Creativity, Adaptability and Consistency. Add some others, perhaps such as teamwork, interpersonal skills, etc. that are relevant for you. Try to demonstrate these as well within your ‘Experience’ section, where relevant under the employers.
- Pick up keywords you need to show from the advert for the roles you apply for and include them.
- Tailor your resume by trying to show the ‘story’ of your development and growth and how the next job is perfect for both you and the employer.
- Only include hobbies which show additional useful skills or expertise. Your use of symbols is innovative, but misplaced as computer software (applicant tracking systems (ATS) cannot read and understand them. Having them as words, or within sentences provides more keywords for you.
- If you lack work experience - Voluntary work is useful, but so is ANY work or activity you have undertaken or will undertake. For example, even working in a shop or coffee bar etc enables you to show more soft and hard skills that are potentially transferrable. Don’t feel the experience has to be directly relevant to your career, at this stage.
- Ideally show some unexpected added-value that is not asked for, but might give you an edge over the other applicants. Maybe you have extra language skills, but also a personal capability or a deep external interest may be of use here. This isn’t always possible, but it’s always worth exploring.
- Only include a photo if it is asked for, or it is customary in your field. This helps to reduce unconscious bias on the part of the reader. Also, if you do use a photo, look at the camera, as though you are looking into the eyes of the reader or interviewer. Otherwise, the risk is you are seen as being evasive.
- It is hard to say more due to the limited information provided but have confidence that you already have many positive skills, qualities and experiences that are transferable, but always think about how you can increase this and take actions to do that.
- You can’t win everything as so much depends on the ad, the reader and the specific competition so it’s all about relentlessly working to improve the odds in your favour with every word, sentence and bullet point on the resume.
- Make sure you incorporate relevant keywords. Pick these up from the ad. Prioritize these and make sure to show the highest priority ones prominently and in the correct sections.
I hope that helps you win the role you really want. If anything isn’t clear, or you feel you need further help to rewrite the resume to score more highly, do please come back to us, we’re always pleased to help.
All best wishes,
Career Coach and Resume Writer
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