For a moment, imagine that your resume is the living room of your home. As your guests enter the room, you want them to immediately focus on those special artifacts that are the centerpieces of your room. The placement of the furniture must be mindfully placed so that they are noticeable and maximize their impact. You want to remove the chachkas, those knickknacks and gaudy items that Aunt Sarah gave you as an engagement gift, that clutter the surfaces, and are a distraction. The appearance of the room is a representation of your persona. The design of the room is a representation of what you are proud of; how you define yourself. You want it to be inviting; to draw your guests into your home.
Likewise, your resume represents who you are. It should draw in prospective employers. Continuing the metaphor, sometimes an interior designer is employed to maximize the result you desire. It’s okay to have an educational career coach to feng shui your resume.
Here are a few tips that should help you feng shui your resume so that it provides the right impact:
1. Less Is More—do not clutter it up with irrelevancies
2. Emphasize your Accomplishments—It Isn’t a Job Description
3. Lead with Your Strengths (list them near the top of each category—catch attention)
4. Ignore Most Rules (omit objectives; determine your own sequence of categories and timeline; keep format simple)
5. Start Bullet Statements with Action Verbs (past tense)
6. Emphasize Accomplishments that Match Job Posting (strengths)
7. Omit Activities and Experiences that Are Tangential to the Position