When it comes to opinions on your resume you can ask four people and get six
answers! On a recent Ask the Coach call Sue Hansen fielded a number of questions
Should your resume be tailored to each specific opportunity or do you rely on the cover letter to convey your “fit” for the position?
Sue’s comment: The problem with changing your resume for each application is making certain you know what you sent to whom! While chronological resumes are the “security blanket” that most recruiters rely on, she has found success with some clients using what is often called a hybrid resume.The hybrid form starts with your tag line/branding statement and summary. This is followed by key accomplishments divided into various “buckets”. For example one bucket might be operations management. Another could be marketing, etc. Then you adapt the order of the functional buckets depending on your understanding of the needs of the hiring company. Your information doesn’t change but you anticipate the “hot buttons” and modify accordingly. The rest of the resume is chronological.
How far back do you go in your job history before you summarize your
Sue’s answer: You should detail the last 10-15 years and then summarize. The exception would be if you have a major/unique accomplishment from an earlier position. You could then add it in the summary of accomplishments.
Should your resume and LinkedIn profile mirror each other?
Sue’s take: The summary on a resume and the summary on LinkedIn are different animals. The LinkedIn summary should be written in the first person and show more passion and personality. It’s also important to make sure that you are using current terminology for your skills - (Editor’s Hint: visit the Skills and Expertise section under the More tab) as this will have an impact on your
“findability”. Also you may not want to use specific numbers for achievements under each company – could be proprietary information – stick to percentages.
How much personal contact information should you include on resume?
Sue’s response: How do you want to be contacted? Obviously you need your name, phone number and email but leave off the street address. If you use an area code that is not where you are physically located, make sure to include your city and zip code as they may be screening for local candidates. And, no cute email addresses please! If you have interesting LinkedIn contacts and good recommendations, go ahead and add your LinkedIn profile.