Not everything you want to include on your resume is crucially important.
David Sprinkle shared some tips on how to spruce up the first thing an employer sees when considering a hire.
1. Starting with an objective
The objective trips up a lot of people — you have a very small window to capture the attention of your target audience, which is your potential employer.
If you write your objective is "to get a job" you aren't sharing new information. They know you want a job.
2. Long paragraphs of text
Some people copy and paste the job description right into their resume. Don't do that.
Long paragraphs of text do not get read. Make it easy for the person skimming — because they are skimming — to digest your resume.
Make your resume the one that makes them pick up the phone.
3. Listing only duties and responsibilities.
Put the results of your work. Sure, you did this function, but what were the outcomes?
4. Information overload.
When this lands on the hiring managers desk, they are skimming through it. You have 10-15 seconds. It's what is relevant. The last 10 years are the most relevant. Whittle it down, put only what is appropriate.
Most everything is being emailed, so the fancy paper is not as important.