It’s just as important what you put on that piece of paper as it is what you keep off. With resume trends ever-changing and technology poised to restructure how leading firms recruit talent, it’s in your best interest to know what doesn’t work on a resume, just as much as what does. Make sure the following are part of your resume review process.
1. An Objective Statement
Hiring teams get it. You want the job. You think you’re a good fit. So what’s the point of your objective statement?
Too often, these sentences are bland and trite cliches, with applicants recycling the same strings of adjectives to describe themselves. Save yourself precious resume room and nix the objective statement, with the sole exception being if you’re making a significant career pivot and want to explain the change.
2. Pictures of Yourself
It doesn’t matter if it’s a professional headshot. Including a picture of yourself with your resume and cover letter might seem like a clever personal touch — but it often has the opposite effect. At best, a hiring manager will perceive a photo as too forward. At worst, including a photo can set you up for unfortunate, bias-ridden first impressions.
3. Full Mailing Address
Nowadays, a firm’s hiring team is likely to bypass details such as a street address, thought they’d still like to see your city. Show contemporary savvy and industry relevance by including only professional contact information, such as LinkedIn profiles, an online portfolio, a personal consultant website or an industry blog or platform you manage.
LinkedIn produces annual surveys in which they reveal the most-used words and descriptors seen on its platform. Top recent offenders? “Passionate,” “detail-oriented,” “strategic” and “creative” max out the list, looking and sounding shapeless to consulting firms.
These words may sound sophisticated and trendy to you, but they read as vapid and elusive to everyone else. Including them on your resume makes it appear you’re less qualified for the consultant position, rather than more.
5. Anything Opinion-Based, Really
You might think you’re an innovate self-starter, a tactical leader or an agile team player with years of experience. If you don’t have numbers to back it up, these words are nothing more than empty claims.
Resume Review Secrets Conclusion
Breaking into an industry-leading management consulting career is a dream for many. And not many agencies usher that dream into reality quite like Management Consulted. For this reason, doing a thorough resume review is essential, and we trust the above info is helpful.
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