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Advice for Your Resume

Value of a Good Resume

What Not to Write on Your Resume

Ask 100 people for resume advice and you get 100 differing opinions that often contradict each other. So who do you believe?

In my 20+ yrs. of recruiting, seems that most resume advice comes from people who don’t read resumes as part of their work. This article shares resume advice from recruiters and dispels commonly held myths.

College Grads – Don’t Squeeze Your Resume to One Page

Many one-page resumes are hard to read with information crammed onto the page. A recent survey by ResumeGo of 480 recruiters found 2-pg resumes are preferred by recruiters 40% more than 1-pg resumes for entry-level jobs. If you have content that takes your resume to 2 pages, don’t sweat it.

Words Matter

EVERY word needs to have impact. Eliminate any extra words. Use strong action verbs to paint a clear picture. “Accelerated”, “revamped”, “solved” or “initiated” are much better than “supported” or “participated”. Recruiters typically spend <1 minute scanning a resume. Make your content interesting.

Customize

For each application, organize your experiences to the skills most relevant to the position. That might be as simple as listing your skills in the same order as the job description, assuming that the skills are the same level of expertise.

Avoid Vague Qualifiers

Wish I had a penny for each time I saw a resume with the word “excellent”. What a wasted use of space! Everyone has a different way of measuring “excellent”. Recruiters often interpret “excellent” as an exaggeration. Use metrics instead to give concrete measurements of your accomplishment.