In over 37 years of healthcare recruiting, I have interviewed thousands of individuals, and reviewed hundreds of thousands of resumes. One of the major signs I look for is if the resumes were updated at the last minute.
Whether the font is inconsistent, or the resume changes from the past tense to the present tense, or the individual now describes his or her position in one sentence verses three paragraphs for previous positions, these signs are red flags for any hiring manager or recruiter. If you are serious about finding a new position, it’s time to clean up your resume.
Here are a few actionable items you can take when updating your resume:
- Set aside a Saturday afternoon to update your resume, or about two or three hours.
- Make sure there is more detail about your current position verses previous positions.
- Update your address if necessary.
- Make sure it flows smoothly. Ask a friend to review it after it is complete.
- Be enthusiastic about your work and show it.
- Make sure you update your LinkedIn and Indeed profile, too.
- If you have a personal website, include a link.
- Remember that if the employer likes your resume, the first thing they will do is check you out on social media. Make sure everything is consistent and that the people who are searching will like what they see!
Author: Peter Goodspeed, HealthTechS3, Vice President of Executive Search