Welcome to the Résumé Teardown! In this installment, we’ll be looking at a real résumé from an applicant we’ve nicknamed “Pro Grammer.”
The critique here is offered by Mike Feineman, who is lead developer at Boulder, Colorado-based social media agency Room 214. Mike would like to make it known that he approaches the hiring process from a very “start-uppy” perspective and his opinions may differ from those of a recruiter at a more traditional company.
Click on the images to enlarge and read all Mike’s hilarious comments.
Today’s lesson: Objectives are not super useful, unless you make them so. If you feel like you must include one (and according to Mike you certainly don’t have to feel that way), just be sure that it is very specific and relevant to the job you’re applying for.
Also! Don’t use a ton of tiny text and make the recruiter hunt around for the good stuff. Choose the most important things to focus on, and use a font size that does not require a microscope. It’s important for you to edit and focus on your most relevant experience, AND recruiters will love you for it.
Homework time! Check out the “Objectives” section of your résumé. First of all, could it be eliminated? Second, if you feel compelled to keep it, rewrite it to make sure it is clear, free from jargon, and relevant to the position/industry.