Resume Vegan

A resume vegan disregards anything that resembles animal fat!

(Disclaimer: The animal fat in this post, refers to one animal. Since we are professionals, you’ll have to guess which one.)

Is your resume too fluffy? Did you go to O*NET OnLine and copy/paste? Come on, be honest! If you did, you are not alone. Professional resume writers do it too. Are they wrong? It depends. Did the cut/paste reflect exactly how you made a difference? Or, did it just fill up white space with animal fat to make the resume appear full; but had no substance, no nutrients, and no vitamins? If so, your resume writer was so wrong for that! However, if you got the job you wanted as a result, no harm done. But what if you didn’t get the job? Well, it may be because your personnel representative was a resume vegan!

Animal fat defined: The NEI – not enough information, and TMI – too much information of resumes.

Here’s what you can do:

First, your resume should market your dream job to include your experience. For example, a human resources representative may have a tagline like this:

10 years Certified Human Resources Professional and current SHRM Member

The next place to look for animal fat, is the Summary of Qualifications Section. Here, you should briefly write how you qualify to complete the tasks by using your past experience. Some people get stuck repeating job duties taken from the job description (animal fat), but they leave out any indication that they are actually qualified. (See Customer Service Resume: No “Responsibilities”)

To a resume vegan, animal fat is a disgusting waste of time! You’ve guessed by now, that writing “Qualified in xyz,” doesn’t say much. You have to indicate how you are qualified. If the job description says that you will be responsible for recruitment, what did you do that can verify that you are a good fit?

Your work experience is also a great place to look for animal fat. There are a lot of articles that tell you how to complete this section based individual situations, and we’ll provide links for that later. For now, my point is to make sure that you take out the fat. Here’s an example of a job description used for work experience:

Johnsons Controls Greensboro, NC 03/13 – 07/17

Human Resources Assistant

· Responsible for implementing and managing human resources policies and programs in the areas of recruitment, employment, employee relations, and equal opportunity employment in compliance with government regulations and company goals.

· Partners with Leadership to support effective short and long term strategies to attain organizational objectives.

Stop the shenanigans! All the recruiter has to do is copy the first few lines, paste them into a search engine, and the exact wording would show up! If they were to ever do this, you will appear lazy, for sure.

Instead of doing that, use that job description to help you indicate your experience and how you will make a difference. The employer should not have to guess. How many employees were recruited during your term of employment? Did you manage payroll without errors? It is very important to add numerical/statistical data to your action verbs:

  • Designed and implemented 10 publications to assist with employee on-boarding.
  • Introduced a system that resulted in a 15% reduction in employee training time
  • Conducted 12 training sessions

Next, take out any non-relevant credentials. If given this position, how will you use this credential? If you won’t, don’t enter it.

I realize that not everyone can write a vegan resume. Your resume may be full of animal fat or even manure, but only because you don’t know how to fix it. Cheer up! You can start now! It could be that you’ve made a difference, but you don’t know how to write it down.

You don’t think that I wrote all of the above just to leave you hanging, do you? Here’s what you can do now:

1. Get help from a professional. This doesn’t always to have be in person, but there are a number of online links to help. Search here: Careers and Career Information – CareerOneStop. Or for in person assistance, choose from one of our partner links: NCWorks Partners Network of Guilford County

2. Don’t just repeat job duties from the resume, indicate how you are qualified. Qualifications are normally found on the job description with a heading like, “Qualifications.” Match your qualifications the best you can. You can certainly use Onet Online, but don’t copy and paste information that is not true.

3. Add numerical data to your resume. For example, do a search on the company you worked for. Seek for answers to your questions that can help you. Like, “How many calls are call center reps responsible for per day?”

4. Find out how well you score on an interview by having a friend or colleague conduct a mock interview with you. Search for an interview rating sheet like this one:

Now that you have removed all of the animal fat, add your education and other relevant data, check for other errors, and before you submit, take your resume and the job description to a professional resume writer, and ask them to re-check it for you.

Now, did you guess the animal represented in this post?

Tip for the employed: If you haven’t started logging numerical data from your current position, start now. You never know when you’ll need to use it.

If you are local, Employability Sessions are available at NCWorks Career Centers – Guilford County. Visit us on Facebook for scheduled events. NCWorks Career Center – Guilford County

To attend all events, you must first go online to register as a job seeker, at: NCWorks Online.


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