The misconception that a resume is supposed to make you look good can lead to mischaracterization of job duties, inflation of accomplishments, and flowery, high-falutin language. None of those things belong on a resume! Stick to the truth instead.
A U.S. Seventh Circuit Court Appeals judge gave Verizon a second chance after the company made a costly typo, stating, “People make mistakes. Even administrators of ERISA plans.” Will the judges of your writing and mine be as understanding?
Copying and pasting might sound like a good idea to get your resume noticed, but if you try it, it will backfire. Instead, focus on your accomplishments.
I recently read an article that recommends job seekers to put their LinkedIn profile URL on their resume. That’s great advice, and I agree… just make sure you’re directing people to a profile that will have a positive effect on your job search.
Are you using 5 lines just for your header? If you need to fill space, that’s fine. But once
you have a lot of information to squeeze onto a page, why use up space you don’t have
to? Here are some examples of how you can be efficient with your header:
Job seekers often ask how long their resume should be. Some people can barely stretch theirs to a single page, while others have difficulty fitting it into four pages. What makes this decision so difficult? You want to include all of the relevant information that will inevitably get you hired. However, you also don’t want to overwhelm the human-resources personnel who are already swamped with work and could potentially be going through hundreds or thousands of resumes. If yours is too long, HR staff will skim it too quickly and miss the important points, or they’ll simply file it into the garbage because they don’t have the time to read it.
A common misconception about resumes is that they are meant to describe what you did in your past jobs. In actuality, resumes are most effective when they are written from a FUTURE perspective. In other words, your resume will work if you think about what a potential employer would want to know about how you WILL perform. What experience do you have that will make you a contribution to their firm or organization?
The first thing to know about your Education section is that it probably goes FIRST on your resume (after your header of course). Why? Because it’s what you’ve done most recently, so it is most relevant to your potential employer. (There may be limited exceptions to this rule for recent graduates who have an extensive and relevant work history. If you think you are one of those people, ask an expert for advice.)
The following are five useful tricks for organizing your Education section – so you pack in lots of information without taking up half the space on your resume:
What’s the difference between a resume and a LinkedIn profile? Brenda Bernstein of The Essay Expert answers this question and more on a recent interview posted on Bill Vick’s EmploymentDigest.net.
Aneil Mishra, author of Trust is Everything, recommended and interviewed Brenda Bernstein for his November 20 TotalTrust blog.