job-searchI’m the hardware engineering supervisor at Tolteq and I’m been trying to staff up the engineering department with several electrical engineering, firmware development, and mechanical engineering positions.  Over the past several months I’ve done dozens of interviews and have come across some really bad resumes.  And it seems to be that most of them are that way.  It seems like there are some bad advice out there and it’s become the norm.  See below for a list of the things to do and avoid.

  1. Use bullet list of your skills; NOT convoluted sentences and paragraphs telling me how you increased “productivity” and “reduced costs by x%”, that stuff was specific to your last job and means nothing to me
  2. Use the following order
    1. Education
    2. Jobs
    3. Skills
  3. Only list skills that apply to your career; I don’t care that you sail or ski
  4. Keep obscure industry specific to a minimum, unless you are targeting that industry or tailoring your resume for a special position
  5. List dates on your past jobs
  6. Have a Linkedin account, make sure your name on your resume is exactly the same as your name on Linkedin
  7. If at all possible tailor your resume for the targeted company; this is not always possible especially if you go through a recruiter
  8. Keep you resume two pages and under, keep the most important info on the first page; use Linkedin to provide more details
  9. Provide a html link to your Linked in account, there you can expand on your jobs and skills
  10. Provide your name, physical address, phone number, and e-mail address

I have a lot of resumes to sort through and if I find them hard to read then, most likely, you will not get a call for an interview.