I know that it is significantly easier to identify a good resume than to write one because communication, public relations and human resources executives trust me to prepare their personal marketing materials. There are many aspects to a quality resume, and not all of them are readily apparent. The most obvious qualifier, of course, is whether or not your efforts result in interviews.
The visual or creative aspect is important but primarily in terms of whether or not the material is easily scanned or read. Large blocks of text and many successive bullet points are likely to be ignored. Are you making your target position and functional interests clear or do you expect recruiters to intuit your goal? Ditch the objective and use a title that positions you appropriately for your next role. (It isn’t about what you’ve done; it’s all about where you want to go.)
If you are a hiring manager or executive, what do you look for? Are you enthused about deciphering complex workplace / historical scenarios or are you drawn to clear, simple language and formats that allow you to quickly assess the complexity of roles performed and the level of a candidate’s experience and contributions?
Shrewd executives hire well and rely on their teams do what they do well. No one can do it all, so if you’re struggling with content, format or strategy, why not seek out an expert who knows current trends, has a better-than-average command of the English language, works across industries, understands your needs and can position you for the role you want to play?
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC