In a recent piece for the online Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Garone raised some key points for those who are considering making the move to their second job. Of note:
Update your resume and interview style. It sounds like a given, but a first-timer’s resume is likely to list internships and college leadership roles. Now you’ve got experience and you’ll need to make sure it shows. “The resume definitely needs to change to emphasize your accomplishments,” says [career and life coach] Mr. Steve Piazzale. …Your resume bullet points should demonstrate how you used your skills to solve problems and produce value at that first job. “With a first job under your belt, you can also use them as stories of value during interviews,” offers Mr. Piazzale.
This advice is key. So many people forget that the resume they used right out of school isn’t going to be the right choice now that they have actual “work experience.”
I’ve been asked to be a featured expert reviewer on the resume review site razume.com. This site offers job seekers the opportunity to post their resume and request advice from the Razume community. Anyone can offer a critique or post a resume for free. Resume posters delete their personal information and select a user name so resumes are anonymous. This is a great service for those who want to request feedback from trusted friends or relatives around the country; job seekers can post resumes and advisers can use a series of useful online tools to make comments and suggestions.
Many users of this site are seeking their second jobs. A significant number of these job seekers fail to move their “Education” section to the bottom of their resume once they have a position and enough experience under their belt (and no specific reason to keep Education on top). Many also still list their high school diploma, even when they have a bachelor’s degree.
School activities and awards also play a prominent role in razume’s unrevised resumes. For a first job out of school, these may be valuable and important. After that point, some very prominent awards may remain on the resume, but college awards should not be a main focus of the resume beyond the first job.
There is no fail safe “one size fits all” advice for resume writers, but most job seekers will want to make these changes and more to their job seeking documents before seeking their next job. Otherwise, they will appear less experienced than they may be and jeopardize their chances for an interview.
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