Stand Out. Be Noticed. Part 2

Part 2: Keep it simple.

The purpose of a resume is not to tell your whole life history, but is to give them enough information so they will want to continue to be interested enough they will set up an appointment for an interview.

To that end, keep your resume simple and easy to read. The below information will help.

keep it simpleSqueezing in too much information:
Many make the mistake of squishing information into a resumé by using a smaller font. Most eyeballs hitting your resumé will be over 40 years old. Don’t make them work so hard to read it.

 

keep it simpleHome Address:
A home address is no longer absolutely necessary, but including it is not a deal breaker.

Contact Info:
Include your personal email and personal cell number. Just imagine what could happen if a potential employer begins calling at your work number, or sending emails through your current organization’s system where no employee privacy exists.

Short and Sweet:
Too many resumés are long and complicated. I never take time to read the three or four page resumés I receive. Neither will anyone else. Keep your resumé as short and clear as possible. Preferably one page. This allows all the “cream” to rise to the top and stand out strong.

Goal Statement:
Despite what many ‘experts’ tell you, do not include a goal statement at the top of the resumé. It will eliminate the positions you will be considered for. If you say you absolutely want to be an insurance litigator or in HR, then by all means let them know. But if you are open to other placements, listing only one option will shut down your possibilities.

Placement of Skill Summary:
Forget highlighting your skills before you get to the body of the resumé. No one takes them seriously anymore because they often read just like everyone else’s. Refine, hone, and clarify skills you will list. Don’t throw everything on the page.

Current Work and Major Responsibilities:
Most employers are most interested in where you currently work, what your major responsibilities are, and how many times you have changed jobs.

Junior Employees — College, Honors, and Major Responsibilities:
Junior employees must put their college education and meaningful honors at the top of the resumé.  Future employers will be looking for them.

If you were employed at your two last positions for two or more years include your major responsibilities. Do not include menial tasks. They will make your resumé longer and no one will care.

Publications:
Only include publications in which you played a major role, are impressive, and recent. Long lists of publications will bore potential employers and could turn them off. When they ask, you should have another document ready to go that lists all your credits.

Interests: Depends.
If you feel including interests will help with your job search, then please only include those that are interesting or unique in some fashion. If you were ever or are still a member of a team sport, part of a band, run marathons, or whatever, include those. Employers like to hire interesting people and concentrate on those who have been part of a team, group or who display fortitude.

However, if this is not you, do not make anything up just to sound like you have done these.

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