If you’ve been on the job market for a while, you know better than to send a resume out with obvious grammar or spelling typos. But in your search for clean copy, are you missing bigger mistakes?
Here are some potential problems to screen for before you send your next energy resume:
Omitting your electronic information.
A professional-sounding email address and a link to your LinkedIn profile or other online portfolio should appear on every resume you send. Why? Studies show that recruitment via electronic means is surging ahead of other forms – so if you don’t indicate you’re willing to connect online, you’re missing out.
Trying to fit your entire work history into your resume.
In most fields, your resume should be one page – two if you have a decades-spanning career history in the field. Unless you’re a new graduate, however, you won’t be able to fit your entire work history into your resume, and you don’t want to overwhelm or confuse a hiring manager by trying.
Instead, include only the most relevant jobs and work experience on your resume. Use your LinkedIn profile to create a “one-stop shop” for all the work you’ve done. Hiring managers who want to know more can hop online to see everything you’ve done.
Listing job duties rather than accomplishments.
Anyone can list the tasks they were expected to perform on the job. But what hiring managers want to know is how well you completed those tasks. Focus on listing your top two or three accomplishments at each job, rather than merely repeating the list of assigned duties. For best results, include hard numbers or measurements wherever you can: “In April 2015, I spearheaded the planning and implementation of new scheduling tools for the company; as a result, we were able to increase productivity and company efficiency by 22%” sounds better than “worked on new software.”
Leaving your recruiter out of the loop.
From what a “powerhouse” resume in your field looks like to what kind of accomplishments and info specific employers like to see, your recruiter has the inside scoop on the jobs you’re looking for. Don’t miss the chance to get expert feedback before you send your resume to the next employer.
Keep Reading! Related content to explore:
- Why You Should Fact-Check Your Energy Industry Resume
- Your resume is your first point of contact with a hiring manager, and it is the one document that will decide whether or not they contact you for an interview. As such, it has a big job to do: It must present your skills and accomplishments in a focused, compelling way. Keep reading to learn why (and how!) you should fact-check your resume before applying for a job.