Free Resume Writing Tips

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After 27 years of being a professional recruiter I estimate that I have helped at least 22,000 men and women to create or modify their resumes. But that huge number would not qualify me to be a Master Resume Writer (or Resume Maven) unless I had received feedback from hiring authorities about those resumes. Sometimes their comments came with a request from the hiring authority for me to do his/her resume and sometimes to do the resume of the hiring authority’s spouse or grown children.

So what do I know about resumes and how can that information help you?

To begin, let’s look at how resumes are read. The fact is that they are not read, they are visually scanned because the large number of resumes submitted severely limits the time spent on any one resume. The WSJ, on at least 2 occasions, determined that the visual scan rate of a resume was 9 to 11 seconds per page. Consequently, a good resume puts major assets up-front to get the reader to slow the scan.

It’s important to understand that the purpose of a resume is not to get a job; it is to get an interview.

Therefore the contents of a resume must generate a response, from the hiring authority that sounds like this: “WOW! Let’s get him in for an interview.” Or, “Let’s talk to her on the phone.” Anything, other than contact information, that does not do this shouldn’t be on a
resume. An Objective or a self serving summary statement or hobbies, will rarely generate that kind of response.

The key is to flaunt assets and hide liabilities.

You should never lie on a resume, but it is not unethical to omit information. However, a time gap on a resume is a big red flag.

Many people make the mistake of confusing responsibilities with accomplishments. Your responsibilities describe what your company expected you to do, while your accomplishments tell the reader how good you are. Both are necessary on a resume.

I also discovered that some people think it’s bragging to list statements on a resume describing how good they are; so they deliberately omit their accomplishments. But listing your accomplishments is not bragging-it is marketing yourself.

For resumes, less is more. A one page resume will almost always have more impact than multiple pages.

Also, avoid including minutia in a resume. Save that for the interview, when you are asked for details.

You now have some of the basic elements of a very good resume. If you need more help give me a call. You have no obligation…you have nothing to lose.


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