10 Things Millennials Need to Check and Then Double Check on Their Resume

Oh resumes, they are very much a pain, but I’m here to tell you that even in a modern-day job search, they are still a necessary evil. Many have tagged me the Resume Whisperer because over the years I have acquired a talent in resume makeovers. While I don’t have the ability to look at everyone’s resume, what I can tell you is that your resume should always be READY FOR PRIME TIME—even if you aren’t currently in the market for a new job. You never know when you may be sitting on the plane next to the CEO of your dream job, and he or she says, “send me your resume.” Taking 2-3 days to get around to updating it is not an option! Also, some think that if you are an entrepreneur you no longer need a resume. FAKE NEWS. A document that reflects your work history and experience is always a good idea. I can give you all the reasons why, or you can just trust me. In the meantime, I urge the millennials (and non-millennials) reading this to review the following resume check list. Identify your gaps and FIX THEM NOW.

  1. Does your resume include your current job and position? Don’t put this off, always update your resume as your career evolves. Whenever I hear a Gen-Xer or Baby Boomer say “I haven’t updated my resume in 10 years” I cringe. Millennials- don’t fall into this hole.
  2. Do you have your LinkedIn profile URL listed with your contact information? If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, get one—and a customized URL.
  3. Is your resume in an easy to read format? You are biased- get a second opinion.
  4. Do your job descriptions contains action words? If no, you can find some good ones here and here (I love any chance I get to use the word spearheaded). Remember you want your resume to show off what skills you have and used—not a laundry list of your daily to-dos. As a millennial, highlight new areas where you had to expand your knowledge in a new area or an interesting project that you worked on.
  5. Are there any typos and is punctuation correct? This is a big one, always have a second pair of eyes review.
  6. Have you listed any jobs that frankly as an adult, no one really cares about anymore? For example, if you are 30 and still listing your high school job at McDonald’s, it’s time to take it off.
  7. Do you have jobs (not internships) listed that you worked for less than six months? If yes, then evaluate how vital they are to your career path story. If it makes you look like you are afraid of job commitment, consider removing. Or have your story ready on why your job lasted less time than Ariande Grande’s engagement to Pete Davidson.
  8. Is there anything on your resume that is not true—trust me, it will come back to bite you. REMOVE. I learned the hard way that taking Spanish classes in high school and listing yourself as fluent in Spanish are two very different things.
  9. Will your resume stand out from the crowd? If you can’t find anything, take some time to brainstorm, but don’t make anything up (see #8). Think about what you do well and find a way to weave that into your resume.
  10. Is your resume in a PDF format? Some may disagree, but I highly recommend NEVER sending out your resume in WORD or allowing a job search site to “create one” for you. If you PDF it, you will know exactly what your resume looks like once it’s opened on someone else’s computer, tablet or phone. The same cannot be said for other formats.

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