Even the most qualified applicant might not get called in for an interview if his resume creates the impression that he is out of touch with the current business environment. Here are some tips on staying up to date. Marvin Walberg, Scripps Howard News Service
References upon request: Keep a separate page with the names and contact information of your references ready to supply to the employer once you have advanced in the interview process.
One resume doesn't fit all: You need to customize your resume to fit each job for which you apply. Job seekers who take the time to tailor their resume to the employer's needs will stand out from the pack.
Objective statement: You will sell yourself better with a concise bulleted list of the qualifications and accomplishments that make you a match for the position.
Length of resume: It is entirely possible that you'll need more than a page to adequately showcase your skills and qualifications. Keep your resume succinct and relevant, but don't go under a 10-point font size.
Social networking: Websites such as Facebook and Twitter can be an asset on a resume. Employers want to know that applicants are up-to-date with current technology and communication trends. Links to a professional online portfolio, blog or LinkedIn page should be included in your resume header. There is a good chance that employers will do an Internet search to find out more about potential employees, so make sure that all of your social networking profiles project a professional image.
Not too much information: Delete information about where and when you graduated high school. Ditch irrelevant jobs from 15 years ago. It is inappropriate to include personal details in a resume such as information about your hobbies, religion, age and family status. Not only does it look unprofessional, but that information could be used to discriminate against you. The rule of thumb is to pare down your resume to only include things that show why you are the perfect fit for the specific position for which you are applying.
Outdated terminology and skills: Skills in obsolete computer software and systems should be removed from your resume. The job description is the best guide to determine the terminology and technology skills that should show up on your resume.
Marvin Walberg is a job search coach.