Have You Ever Googled “How to Write a Resume?”
Most people use resume templates to seemingly simplify the resume writing process; they assume that a resume is merely an obstacle to applying for a job. This assumption is incorrect. A well-crafted resume will not guarantee you employment, but it will guarantee that you make a good impression on your audience.
First impressions matter so much because they happen fast, and they are stubborn, says Whitney Johnson, the author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. “We make judgments [about other people] in a nanosecond.” And once that impression is formed, it’s “very, very hard to change it.”
Proving value means omitting commonly used resume items
Objective statements violate the proving value principle. An objective statement discusses what you want, not what you can do for the employer. Employers know that your objective is to gain meaningful full-time employment, everyone’s objective is similar to this.
This is not to say starting a resume with some sort of statement is bad, but it needs to be a statement that proves value. For example, summary statements and profile statements can tie together a versatile professional’s resume quite nicely. These statements provide the reader with a roadmap of sorts to follow as they digest the content dispensed in the resume.
“References Available upon Request” violates the proving value principle. Most resume professionals would agree that references are unwise to include on a resume anyway, but putting “References Available upon Request” is like saying “Air is Available upon Request.” Of course it is! In no way does it prove value. When deciding how to write your resume, we suggest omitting this statement completely.
What to do with proving value theory?
The next time you write a resume, craft every element of it with your audience in mind. As you keep proving value theory in mind, you will write increasingly powerful content.