5 Ways to Avoid Your Resume Getting Trashed

Thanks for sending in all of your resumes over the past week in preparation for Job Search Boot Camp!  I’ve loved looking at them.  After reviewing all the resumes, I wanted to share 5 big picture ways to avoid your resume getting thrown in the trash.

These are just the first step of having a polished rock star status resume.  Without these, you won’t make it far.

5 Very Basic Things You Need to do with your resume

  1. Make it pretty.
  2. Put your references on a second page by themselves.
  3. Finish your sentences.  Tell me more.  Show quantifiable value that you added.
  4. Keep it to 1 page!
  5. Cut cheesy interests and bullshit about crappy jobs.

Shout Outs!

  • Most Likely to Call for an Interview: Jen Deweerd from Ontario, Canada
  • Overall favorite resume: Katie Garton, Syracuse, New York

Nicole Emerick

Nicole Emerick founded Ms. Career Girl in 2008 to help other ambitious young professional women thrive in a career they love. Ironically, growing MsCareerGirl helped Nicole transition her own career from commercial banker to digital marketer. Today Nicole leads the social media team at a large advertising agency in Chicago. Nicole also served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University where she helped develop the careers of PR, Advertising and Communications students. Tweet with Nicole @_NicoleEmerick.