How are you using the “above the fold” area of your resume? This is the prime real estate of your resume and if you are using it for blah, blah, blah; then don’t expect much in the way of results.
You have 10 to 20 seconds to catch the readers attention and move your resume to the “I need to take a closer look pile”. Are you meeting that objective?
I see so many resumes that start out “Over (insert number) years experience managing blah, blah, blah blah. Big deal, what have you really told the reader: NOTHING? Did you manage things into the ground or grow them? The fact is you haven’t told me anything different than 50 or 100 other people.
Make sure you open with a position title that matches the job posting if you are replying to a posting. Don’t leave it up to the recruiter to determine what you want; make it clear. Maybe what you want they don’t need, so let’s figure that out right away so no one’s time is wasted.
Next move to a career highlights section that really speaks to what you have done and what the new employer can expect. Don’t waste the space with blah, blah, blah. Emphasize one highlight from your two most recent employers and then one or two from other employers and make sure that they can tie this experience back to a listed work experience. Use PAR statements (What Problem did you identify, what Action did you take, and what Result did you achieve). Don’t give information and then fail to tie it into the body of your resume. If you have been recognized or received awards you can place one of those here as well so it will lead the reader to the bottom of your resume.
If you can tell me that you “Identified production overrun problems, implemented lean manufacturing techniques, and reduced overruns by 42%. If I’m looking for a plant manager that speaks to me, especially if I’m having problems with production overruns.
Or “Identified new market for aging product line that increased sales 28% and extended product life by three years.” That speaks to me, because you don’t accept what others are saying. You are making lemonade out of lemons.
The third section is your chronological experience. You may want to do functional, don’t! The majority of recruiters that I have talked with do not like functional resumes; there is a feeling that you are hiding something.
With everything you put in your resume follow it up by asking so what! If you can’t come up with a good answer it’s probably a candidate for removal.
Always remember that the job of the resume is to first and foremost get you an interview.