For better or worse I spent much time in my past writing resumes so I “sorta” became an expert on the art of writing effective resumes. I too wanted to cram every bit of information in front of the reader so they could pick out some tidbit that may be helpful to their organization so I could get an interview. Of course I felt once I got the interview, I had the job. I soon came to realize that the reader of my resume was swamped with hundreds of like resumes and would only scan each one to pick out potential interviewees. So I realized, less is more when writing resumes.
So when writing a resume, keep it short and to the point. Adding long and drawn out statements or paragraphs to describe every minute detail of your job skills, attributes, and education will surely get you passed in the resume pile. This happens frequently when using a resume template in which you are required to “fill in the blanks” in sections but if you simply outline what you want to get an across, then use resume guide, you can put together a clean, clear and “likeable” resume for a potential employee.
To get started, jot down as many things as you can think of that describe your skills and attributes. Also write detailed descriptions about previous job positions and all of the relevant job responsibilities you think are important to the type of job you are seeking. You should end up with a lengthy document. The cv editing process is where you will pick and choose which are the best elements to keep.
Eliminate the Unnecessary
Keywords or phrases should be highlighted in your wording to stand out. As an example, a phrase like:
- `supervised a small team of six call center sales representatives for four years. group exceeded sales goals without fail during my tenure’
- Team Supervision
- Accountability for goals
It will probably take many passes through the material to pare things down to the perfect size as making a sentence convey the same message in 2 or 3 words takes some work. Experiment.
The Ideal Resume Length
For most cases and types of job searches, the ideal resume length should be one page but the length of the resume is not always the issue, big, wordy paragraphs are the problem. Unless you are applying for a very high level position or a very technical position, you should limit the number of lengthy “paragraphs” to the opening introduction and closing summary There are a million tips, suggestions, outlines, guidelines, suggestions from any number of experts, of which I am not one. My experience from many years of searching for jobs and now many years of reading resumes has simply told me that less is more when creating a resume. There is only 24 hours in a day to your potential employee doesn’t want to spend most of it reading through you long winded resume. Less is more.