Thursday, November 17, 2011

Write A Resume, Not A Novel

Do you struggle writing your resume?  Do you worry if it's too short and doesn't show enough of your experience or that it's too long and the person reading it will fall asleep or go into a trance? Having read hundreds (more like thousands) of resumes in my career, I've been on the resume receiving end and it's tedious work sifting through resumes that are longer than "Gone With The Wind".

Statistics prove the average resume is read between 20-30 seconds.  Not a large window of opportunity to showcase your experience.  Your resume is a snapshot of your experience, skills, accomplishments and education.  A RESUME IS NOT A NOVEL.  Some people have a short attention span so you best grab their attention while the grabbing's good otherwise it might wind up in the "not interested" pile or used as scratch paper.

RESUME TIP:  If you're a new comer to the business world, your resume should be one page long.  If you have work experience, your resume should be a maximum of two pages.  Utilize space wisely by highlighting your accomplishments.  Employers like measurable results.  This is what will get your foot in the door and not that one of your "interests"is baking.

"Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life.  Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come".
- Greer Garson

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun

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