Like it or not, your resume is your job search document of record. If you’re looking for a new job, people will be looking for your resume. Is your resume ready? Are you 100% comfortable sending over your resume to someone right now? If not, here are 3 things you should do to your resume right now to make sure your work isn’t automatically deleted.

  1. Be a match. Apply to jobs that you are qualified for. Recruiters are looking for specific skills and if you don’t have them you typically won’t be considered.
  2. Include numbers. Numbers tell a story of success. Words are often too fluffy and generic. Providing detailed figures will give you an edge.
  3. Correct errors. They easiest way to get eliminated from consideration: typos and grammatical errors. Review your resume carefully and even consider having someone else review your document as well. This is the biggest reason resumes get tossed.

Research has shown that recruiters/hiring managers only take about 6 seconds for an initial resume review. Make sure your resume is easy to read, error-free and accurate to give yourself a fighting chance. And then hope that your resume’s initial impression can get you to the next round in the hiring process. Good luck!