Education at the top.
Education at the bottom.
One pages. Two pages.
Include a summary. Don’t include an objection.
Format should be plain. Format should be graphically stimulating.
DEAR LORD. Anyone else exhausted yet?
There are so many schools of thoughts with how your resume should look. It’s kind of like going on a diet. One person will say you need to go vegan and another is die-hard paleo. Who’s right and who’s wrong?
Everybody’s body is different. Similarly, depending on your industry, job and honestly preference, your resume could take on many different forms. Spending hours and hours researching and listening to different “experts” will only drive you crazy. (Don’t even get me started on sharing it with everyone for feedback.)
I promise you, the amount of time you put into a resume will not equate to a larger number of people calling you back for an interview. Plus, if your resume is missing your personal value proposition then it’s absolutely useless no matter how many hours you put into it. I’d rather you spend more time crafting your pitch and figuring out how you’re going to get your resume seen versus tweaking every little word.
News flash: a recruiter only spends 20 seconds looking at your resume. Your verbiage matters, but it doesn’t matter as much as you think.
Okay, Okay, I’m off my soapbox.
So tweaking your resume! If there are so many opinions out there, what do you NEED to do?
Well, here three things every HR professional, recruiter and coach can agree upon:
1) Your resume must be concise
2) Your resume must showcase key accomplishments
3) Your resume must have a clear, clean format
So if your resume is three pages long, get rid of some junk. No one’s going to read that.