We have held a 5-star customer review rating for 96% of that time (it dropped to 4.7 for a little while). Most of our clients are highly demanding executives and senior managers with complex work histories.
All of this means that writing perfect resumes is something that the Arielle team does every day. It’s our bread and butter – and today I’d like to share some of our ‘insider’ resume writing tips with the aim of helping you improve your current resume.
As I pointed out, most people are unable to write the perfect resume because they don’t follow the 5 foundational rules of resume writing.
Are you neglecting these rules as well? Let’s find out.
1. Don’t Bury The Lede.
Hiding the most newsworthy part of a story is bad journalism. With your resume, it’s no different.
Obscuring the key features of your skills, background and accomplishments in your resume amounts to sloppy personal branding.
Ensure that your resume’s Professional Profile section clearly articulates your Unique Value Proposition (USP). This value proposition must weave your career into a cohesive story that aligns with your targeted direction in the strongest way possible.
And, while you’re at it, lose the Hotmail address and the home phone number.
Replace those with a personal website URL and email which – ideally – feature your name in the URL (e.g., email@example.com). It’s a sure sign that you take your personal brand – and your work – seriously.
4. Target. Target. Target.
The recruiter for that CMO role you want shouldn’t have to slog through your Director of Business Strategy resume. And nor will they.
A recruiter gives each resumes an average of 6 seconds of attention. So don’t blow it and forget who your target audience is.
Showing up as the slacker who didn’t have time to tailor their resume is bad for your chances of being taken seriously and your brand reputation.
So you’d probably default to The Very Best of Prince.
If you’re an experienced professional, your resume strategy should be no different.
My team typically details between 3 and 6 of the most recent and relevant roles from the past 10 to 15 years, listing earlier career history in a summary section that includes titles, organisations, and tenure.
We also take the ‘Russian Doll’ approach. This means we give your more recent roles the most coveted resume real estate, versus those further back in time.