Over the years, I’ve had clients come to me and ask all kinds of questions about advice they’ve heard in regards to resume writing. Some advice was on point like the importance of personal branding, but some other advice was off-base. In this article, I’m hoping to dispel some of the worst resume advice I’ve heard over the years in an effort to help you wade through the deluge of resume writing advice that has taken over the Internet.
Here it goes…
Objectives are self-serving and fail to show the employer how you can add value to their organization. Instead, put a job title at the top of the resume and follow with an impressive career summary.
Including soft skills in a resume is a waste of time and space. Statements like excellent written and verbal communication, ability to multi-task, fast-paced environment, professionalism, and so on, are all overused and can apply to any job seeker on the market. Instead, focus on skills and abilities unique to you.
A career summary doesn’t have to be boring and vague. Statements like the one I’ve included below do little for showing the distinctiveness of a candidate:
Progressively challenging experiences within both national and global technology markets.
Be specific to your accomplishments within the summary use numbers, metrics, and answer questions like how much, how many, and how often.
Another bad piece of advice I’ve heard is that a resume can ONLY be one page long. I cannot see how an executive with 20 years of experience will be able to fit all of their wonderful achievements and accomplishments onto one page. If you’re an entry-level candidate, you may only need one page but if you have 10+ years of experience chances are you’re going to need more than a page to communicate all of that great information the employer is going to want to know.
So throw out these misguided notions on resume development and instead create an authentic representation of your career history that positions you well for your job search goals.
For further reading, check out two of my latest articles 7 Things You Should Never Include on Your Resume and 5 Things You Should Never Say in Your Cover Letter.
This post was originally published at an earlier date.
About the author
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. Want to work with the best resume writer? If you would like us to personally work on your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile—and dramatically improve their response rates—then check out our professional and executive resume writing services at GreatResumesFast.com or contact us for more information if you have any questions.
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