When there are questions regarding a resume, the best thing to do is to research for advice. With so much information available online, there’s quite a few conflicting opinions. This makes it hard for the job seeker to know how to write a good resume, or know what one looks like.
We broke down the final answers to some of the most common, age-old, resume debates.
Follow this advice, and there won’t any feeling of resume remorse after hitting send.
1. Is a resume really one page?
Many experts say to keep your resume to one page.
Since a recruiter spends such little time reading the document, this advice makes sense. However, a seasoned professional might have a very hard time keeping their resume to one page.
They have so much relevant experience, what should they do to keep a resume clean and concise?
There is no official word count on a resume.
The quality of your professional story is more important than how long it is. With this freedom use it to be concise. Format your experience into quick paragraphs touching on successes. Most importantly use active language, a quantifiable timeline, and edit yourself.
Share the most important details for each job. Remember, the interview will you give you more time to go into details.
2. Do I have to add graphic design?
In the last few years, many job seekers are adding design to their resumes to stand out. There is no denying that is a nice change from the plain resume.
But is design necessary? Is it effective? Do you need it in every industry?
Depending on the role or industry, you can allow yourself a bit of creative license.
Always keep in mind that any ‘dressing up’ of your resume should help you tell a professional story, not take from it.
Always keep in mind the audience. Applying to a traditional company with no-fuss management may mean that you should also keep a simple-looking resume design as well. Too much design may be overlooked.
Always keep in mind grammar and syntax. Design can be a great tell of how creative the applicant is, bad grammar can indicate a lack of detail. Read over, edit, and have someone else edit the resume to ensure no spelling or grammar mistakes.
3. Do I need creative job titles?
Some industry professionals have suggested using creative job titles in the work experience section of your resume.
For example, instead of “Customer Service Representative,” using “Product Happiness Expert.”
Sure, this might be more intriguing, but is it true?
Always put the formal title the company assigned. It can look dishonest when you change your title. Instead of making that mistake, keep your official job title on your resume and consider including a small subtitle for your job that is eye-catching.
Personal projects should be labelled as projects, not jobs. Employers want to see personal projects. They want to see initiative and work ethic. When a project is mislabeled at a job it has a different weight to what an applicant aspires to do. A project is not a formal employment tenure, and should be shared in the interview, not the resume.