Assume that whoever reads your resume will do so with a skeptical, possibly cynical frame of mind and will rarely give you the benefit of the doubt.
Screeners almost always toss all resumes except from people seeking to make a lateral move.
Summaries annoy screeners — because they all sound alike (clichés, buzzwords, etc.). In any case, they don’t help, even if they do get read.
Omit a career/job objective.
Job descriptions that have been cut & pasted into a resume make you seem lazy and possibly incompetent.
THINK twice before including accomplishments in a resume. They are often viewed as being irrelevant to a prospective employer’s situation and may even make you seem as though you will expect more support and resources than would be available to the person who gets hired for the position.
If you DO include accomplishments, omit HOW you achieved them. If you tell the whole story, they have little reason to contact you for further information.
Don’t include data that can hurt you — such as size of prior companies, prior budgets that would be unrealistic at the prospective employer’s company, etc.
In a resume, less is often more — whereas, in a career marketing letter, the more you tell, the more you sell.
Number of pages in a resume is irrelevant to the reader. If they’re interested in what you have to say, they’ll read it no matter how long it is. If they aren’t interested, they won’t read it no matter how short it is.
Tom Kellum is a job hunting consultant, helping people's dreams come true since 1987. He specializes in providing a personal job-landing service based on proven marketing strategies and methods. For more information, email him at email@example.com or visit www.careerkeysman.com
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