A FEW SECRETS TO UPDATING YOUR RESUME
It’s that time again- opportunity is imminent and your resume hasn’t been updated in a while. You can apply these secrets to your own process while maintaining the traditional principles of a professional resume.
Secret #1: Embrace the pressure. There’s always some pressure to meet that deadline to submit it. Don’t worry so much, instead, think! Ponder, pace, plan, and pensively explore your territory. Look around first. I once read that scientifically, a little stress improves performance. Distress and panic hinders your best thoughts. Turn that concern into active research on the psychology behind resume crafting.
Secret #2: Understand Psychology & Color. Let’s get down to the technicals. Clear your mind to a white space to receive fresh ideas and read on: Regardless of all the rumors and suggestions surrounding professional resumes the truth is that whatever you conjure up needs to get to the point as quickly as possible. And the only way to navigate the momentous constructs of the human brain effectively you must understand the psychology behind each element within your resume.
As a Graphic Designer I am constantly utilizing the knowledge of color psychology and marketing psychology. I suggest deep gray color text or even lighter instead of classic black in many cases. This makes your resume stand out immediately and hits the readers’ eyes a lot softer. Studies show that the brain enjoys subtlety. People reviewing your resume probably have many other tasks to complete, and if your resume actually sparks interest to them them you’ve already made your way to the keep the pile.
Secret #3: Pay Attention to Order & Placement. The next most important technical secret to refreshing your resume effectively and quickly is Order. Pay close attention to the order in which you display everything. Your resume should be sectioned off into at least two sections: Experience and “Summary” (Overview). These two sections are essential even if you were to try and hide your education. I strongly suggest including an Education section. Separate all of these sections with hierarchy of text. Bold or underline, increase the size, and tamper with the color of text on section headers. This creates clear distinction and contrast between the next items on your resume.
The designers and think tank(s) behind Linkedin’s profiles pondered and thought-out the design of LinkedIn’s resume presentations with all these elements in mind, and more! I thank them for the best Idea for resumes ever:
Secret #4: Add a Skills Section. Five and ten years ago I remember popular sections of resumes called “Interests.” I say do away with that and replace it entirely with a Skills Section. Generate a word list of your skills (and some impressive interests). Separate each skill with commas. I suggest you do this first. Generating a list of skills will stimulate your mind and skip you past “I don’t know what to put.” After squeezing every mentionable skill out of your brain, copy and paste that section at the very top of your resume or at the very bottom. Nowhere in between. In some cases you can place your Skills Section right above your Education section. This will make “Skills” the second-to-last section of your resume. Adding your Skills Section to the top of your resume will allow fast readers to skim through your entire makeup and get right to the point with “what you do.” Even mentioning skills like golf or tennis could score you a golf outing with the regional manager.
There are many other aspects of resume creation that I didn’t go into, but these “secrets” are unique twists that you can use to your advantage. You’ll want to still have your own process and ideas in place, and use this article as an additional magical component.
In regards to the well-debated question: “how many pages should your resume be?“
The shorter the better. However, if you have an extensive set of experience, don’t limit yourself- organize yourself! Make it fit, simplify, and score your recognition.
Peace-of-mind is now yours.
Good luck, champions.
© DESSIN MOGUL 2014 • (Photos & Original Article by: Austin Julian Davis).