Putting the Final Touches on Your Resume

Updated on February 15, 2017

If you’ve read my previous two articles (How Should I Format My Resume? and Polishing Up the Content of Your Resume), by now you should have completely mastered a pretty snazzy-looking CV.

I imagine, after making your refinements, you’ve produced an impressive professional profile that will stand out to a potential employer. BUT, before you print fifty copies of that baby and send it out willy-nilly, hear me out on some final points:

Google yourself.

Don’t obliterate your chances of winning an interview by leaving your digital profile wide-open for the whole world to see. A diligent employer will try to locate you online to suss you out. I would! The obvious places they’ll find information about you are on social media channels, such as Facebook or Twitter… and they’re likely to start by searching for your name in Google. It’s perfectly okay to share your weekend bender photos on Facebook, but make sure you’ve adjusted your security settings, so that your digital profile is only visible to your friends. And if you like to swear and rant on Twitter, you can set your profile so that any followers need to be accepted by you first before they can see your content.

Make sure your LinkedIn profile matches your resume.

Wouldn’t that be embarrassing? You stretched the truth just a little on your resume but you’ve got contradictory information on LinkedIn, or vice-versa. Think of your LinkedIn profile as an exact copy of your resume, only the online version. In fact, if you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile – go and create one right now. I’m always astounded when I’m unable to locate another particular business owner on LinkedIn. This is the one and only reputable online space where you can promote your professional profile and connect with like-minded professionals. Make sure you choose a sensible, professional looking photo for yourself and give that profile the same attention you would to your resume. Speaking of photos…

You’ve put a photo of yourself on your resume.

There’s some debate on this issue – as it can work in some situations, just as it fails in others. If you would like to include a photo, make sure you consider the kind of position you’re likely to apply for and ask yourself the question: “Will a photo on my resume actually achieve anything?” If you feel that having it will give you that extra flair with a potential employer, DON’T use a selfie. This type of photo will only serve to detract from the perfectly formatted and refined content of your actual resume. A sensible photo should be taken against a plain background, waist-up. You should be smiling and be dressed in professional attire – because really, the only reason you should want to provide a photo on a resume is so that you can convey a friendly, professional image.

You’ve listed the contact information of your referees.

Keep your referees on a different document. An employer should only be contacting your referees after you’ve had an interview. It’s at the interview stage that you should hand them details of your referees – and make sure you hand it to them, even if they don’t ask for it. The aim is to make the process as easy as you can for the employer to hire you and, in giving them your list of referees during the interview, it demonstrates that you have a genuine interest in the role. Also, (it’s an obvious one but still worth mentioning) make sure your referees have provided their consent and, most importantly, are people that actually like you!

Make time to review your resume every once in a while.

Even if you’re currently employed, at some point you may find that you need to update your resume and you’re not going to be able to properly articulate your professional history in the first written attempt. Besides, we often grow beyond our original roles, further our qualifications and develop new skill sets. Keep the document saved on your Desktop to serve as a visual prompt to remind you to regularly update it. Every edit you make will ensure that, when the time comes to share it, you won’t have missed anything important. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to go over it and remind yourself of your awesomeness every once in a while.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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