Animal Health Jobs : Importance of the Resume

The Importance of the Resume and How to Build a Great One

Teresa: Welcome to “The Animal Health Employment Insider,” brought to you by The VET Recruiter. In this podcast, search consultant Stacy Pursell, founder and CEO of The VET Recruiter, provides insight and practical advice for both companies and job seekers. The VET Recruiter’s mission is to help organizations acquire top talent, while helping professionals attain career-enhancing opportunities that improve their quality of life.

In today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about the importance of the resume and how professionals can build a great one. Hello, Stacy.

Stacy: Hello, Teresa. I’m glad to be here.

Teresa: I imagine that you get a tremendous amount of questions from job seekers and candidates about their resume Animal Health Jobs. Is that correct?

Stacy: That is correct. People are definitely interested in what they can do to make their resume stand out, and they should. It’s one of the most important parts of the job search.

Teresa: Can you talk for a moment about why it’s so important?

Stacy. I sure can. There’s an ebb and flow to the whole hiring process. One stage of the process leads to another stage, which leads another stage, and the resume is the starting point.

For example, the resume helps a person secure a telephone interview. The telephone interview helps that same person secure a face-to-face interview. Then the face-to-face interview brings the person closer to getting an offer of employment.

Without a great resume, you decrease your chances of moving through the various stages of the hiring process and getting where you want to go. Remember this, your resume is your ticket to landing the interview.

Teresa: What about LinkedIn? Hasn’t that almost replaced the resume these days?

Stacy: Absolutely not! I can not stress enough the importance of having an up-to-date resume on hand at all times Animal Health Jobs. You resume should be “recruiter ready”, ready to go at all times in case a recruiter or employer calls you. I’ve had numerous professionals refer me to their LinkedIn profile instead of sending their resume, and that is NOT an acceptable practice for people who are trying to grow their careers. In fact it is lazy. It drives me crazy when I ask someone to send me their resume and they say, “See my LinkedIn profile.”

What I do recommend is updating your LinkedIn profile at the same time you update your resume, and keep them both consistent, but LinkedIn has definitely not replaced the resume in terms of importance. People who try to use their LinkedIn profile in place of their resume bring their credibility and candidacy into question right off the bat.

Teresa: How important is keeping both your resume and LinkedIn profile as updated as possible?

Stacy: Extremely important! I have a couple of stories that illustrate this point.

I was working on a search for one of my clients, and I had a suitable candidate for the position. This was a candidate who had worked at the same company for 20 years. The problem was that he had not updated his resume during that time.

As you might imagine, he had a difficult time remembering everything he’d accomplished in the past 20 years. It took him about two weeks to update his resume. Even then, it probably was not as good as it could have been if he’d consistently updated it along the way. To make a long story short, he did not get the job, and the fact he didn’t have his resume ready was definitely a factor.

I also recently submitted a candidate to one of my clients, and one of the first things the hiring manager did was check the candidate’s LinkedIn profile. The problem was that their profile did not include the candidate’s current employer. In other words, the profile was out of date.

Even though this was a solid candidate with good credentials, the hiring manager rejected them, saying the candidate was not current with technology. When you submit your resume, Animal Health Jobs assume that the hiring manager is going to look at your LinkedIn profile after they receive it. More than likely, they are looking at your profile on other social media outlets, too, like Facebook, so be mindful of how you present yourself on social media across all platforms.

Teresa: Wow, those are a couple of great examples. What’s your recommendation when it comes to updating your resume?

Stacy: I recommend that professionals update their resume every six months, at a minimum. Ideally, your resume should be updated every time you do something that warrants an update. That would ensure that it would ready at a moment’s notice, should an opportunity become available.

That also goes for your LinkedIn profile. As I mentioned, top-level executives are often busy, which makes this difficult. That’s why at the very least, you should update your resume and your LinkedIn profile at least every six months. Don’t let more than that much time go by.

Teresa: That is great advice Stacy. What other mistakes do people make with their resumes?

Stacy: Resumes have changed and evolved over time. Unfortunately, some people are still stuck in the past and they have things on their resume that are outdated.

One of those things is an objective statement. The reality is that employers don’t really care what your career objective is; they care about what their objective is. That may sound harsh but that’s why I recommend using a professional summary, which describes more of what you bring to the table for the employer, not what you want from them. It comes down to being a give rather than a taker in a sense.

Another thing that’s outdated is an email address from an antiquated provider. America Online was once the leader in email service, but that was a long time ago. That’s an extreme example, but you should put your email address “under the microscope” and think about the message that it sends. I recommend using a Gmail address instead of an AOL address. You will look more up with the times.

You also do not need your complete home address. All you really need is the city and state. That’s because the hiring authority needs to know how much travel is involved if they interview you and what relocation is involved if they hire you. If you don’t have a location they might not even bother to call you because they don’t know where you live and are too busy to find out Animal Health Jobs.