I am currently evaluating the resume of an individual who is making a major career transition. He sent me the current version of his resume and upon careful reading it is filled with significant accomplishments. However, the first impression I had of viewing the resume was “Is this guy Superman?" (If the resume had been from a woman, I would have asked “Wonder Woman?").
The second part of the resume, after a “Professional Summary" that was a few sentences too long, contained a list of almost 20 “Skills." Related: 6 Job Search Reality Checks To Begin In 2015 First impressions, in this case the quick scan of a resume, are critical. The resume I'm evaluating has other problems, a font that is too small and almost no margins. But this “Look, I can do everything" top section could easily land the resume in the “B" or “C" pile. The core problem, from a hiring manager's viewpoint, is that, because I am looking for someone to perform in a specific position, this resume does not speak to what I'm looking for. Also the list of skills is extremely broad, covering almost every business function from marketing to management, from purchasing to project management, from “speeding bullets to tall buildings." I usually don't hesitate to evaluate a resume and provide tough criticism. However, I hesitated on this one just in case I was flashing back to Saturday morning television. I contacted a respected colleague with whom I've worked on multiple projects developing materials and teaching improved hiring techniques. Her e-mail nailed the concerns that I had:
The resume is designed to GET YOU THE INTERVIEW, NOT describe everything plus the kitchen sink. It's like throwing darts in the dark and hoping you will hit someone. Also, with the time that people probably look at resumes now, it's time for a regroup.