Résumé Writing: References Available Upon Request, Objective Statements, and Other Advice
If you’re in the process of writing or updating your résumé, then you need to know how to develop a modern résumé. Just like everything else, résumés evolve over time. Because of this, you need to make sure that your résumé doesn’t resemble something akin to a 70s horror film.
I have never put an objective statement on my résumé or any of my clients’ résumés. Why? It’s simple: employers know what your objective is, i.e., to get a job!
Instead of an objective statement, write a summary of qualifications. If you’re not sure how to do that, this article will help you out.
You should have a list of references prepared at all times. Employers are most likely going to want to contact your references, so you need to have a list ready. A hiring manager isn’t going to care if you have “References Available Upon Request” on your résumé – they’re going to want them. So, instead of putting this obvious statement on your résumé, just leave it off.
Note: Notify all of your references that you’re job searching. If they’re caught off guard, they won’t be able to give a very good referral. In addition, you’ll want to send them a copy of your résumé so that they can review it prior to speaking to your potential employers.
The example below demonstrates the usage of skills and sample of classes in order to fill up additional space on your résumé. If you are applying for jobs that require technical knowledge, it’s a good idea to include your 'skills' and 'courses taken' on your résumé. By doing so, a hiring manager is able to quickly scan over your qualifications and determine whether or not to setup an interview.
Note: The résumé below is my ‘all-purpose’ version. In most cases, your résumé should be tailored specifically to the job you’re applying for.
Other useful tidbits:
• Be creative. Imagine how boring it must be to sift through hundreds of identical looking résumés. If you’re able to, try to get creative and think of a way to make your résumé unique.
• Include a link to your LinkedIn profile or other online portfolio (you do have one, right?). You want to give an employer as much information as possible while remaining concise. If they’re interested in you, they’ll want more detailed information. By including a link to your online profile, you’ll make it easy for them to quickly learn more about you.
• Have a text-based version of your résumé available. When applying for jobs online, it’s a good idea to have a .txt format version of your résumé available. A lot of employers require you to paste your résumé on an application form. By having a .txt format available, it will be a quick and easy process.
For more detailed information, make sure to check out my other articles, many of which are written specifically to help you write a better résumé and land more interviews! I am a professional résumé writer with Hired Résumé Service, a family-owned and operated business. We offer professional, affordable résumés for anyone who wants a little additional help!
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