Updated: May 18
RESUME BEST PRACTICE TIPS & MISTAKES TO AVOID LETS RESEARCH RESUME PREFERENCES OF HIRING MANAGERS & RECRUITERS BECAUSE WELL YOUR PREFERENCE DOESN'T MATTER UNLESS YOU ARE HIRING YOU:
I did some browsing and secured some awesome articles that provided straight forward insight to help bring more awareness to the real-deal purpose of a Resume... In an article featured on Monster.com, Kim Isaacs, a nationally certified resume writer and director of ResumePower.com based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, says, “The quicker you can get to the point, the better,” Hiring managers are busy people, sometimes having to sort through hundreds of applications.
“You get about six seconds of their attention when they’re making their initial fit-or-no-fit decision,” says Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, president and CEO of Great Resumes Fast in Callahan, Florida.
So, how can you make good use of your resume real estate and really stand out? By being strategic with keywords, quanitifying your achievements, and, most importantly, keeping it concise. This way, your resume will make a good first impression on the recruiter, as it typically serves as your first point of contact when you apply to a company. Not to mention, a resume that’s all over the place doesn’t say much about your organizational skills, does it?
What about resume size one page or two? One-page is usually indicative of an entry-level candidate or recent graduate however if you can fit your qualifications nicely on a 1-page then awesome!
That doesn’t mean you have to cram all of your experience on one page with a teeny tiny font that you need a magnifying glass to read. Readability and overall presentation need to be factored in, too. “Most resume reviewers would rather read a well-laid-out, easy-to-skim, two-page resume than a one-page resume that jams too much information on the page,” Isaacs says.
A two-page resume makes sense for many job seekers, especially those who are further along in their career, with 10 or more years of relevant job experience. The extra page may be needed to convey all of the critical information an employer needs to know, Holbrook Hernandez says. Keep in mind, however, that the second page likely won’t get as much attention as the first, so it’s best to make sure you’re using the right resume format (think: chronological vs. functional). Just remember: Your resume should be a high-level look at your accomplishments that entices the hiring manager to want to learn more. “A resume is like the copy on the back cover of a book, designed to make you want to read the book,” Isaacs says. “It’s not the whole book.” In a lovely resume guide post, theinterviewguys.com suggest, "Anything longer than that (2-page resume) and you’ve moved out of the world of resumes and into the world of CV’s (hey, we have an article for those! Check out our CV article here!) which are acceptable, but ONLY in VERY SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES. (If you’ve been asked for your resume, make sure that’s what you give them or you run the risk of it being tossed."
I found a helpful list of most- common mistakes that I myself still see and fix on a daily basis. This list comes from an older post on fastcompany.com, but these problems ARE STILL key resume issues today that are negatively effecting professional career transition.
Fast Company Author: Rich Bellis, re-iterated the same corrections that I apply to professional resumes regularly in my writing practice everyday. He includes gathered research and Professional advice from industry experts regarding Career Evolution. “For example,” says Joe Shao, cofounder of talent-acquisition platform PerfectLoop, “I might read a line such as, ‘consistently exceeded sales quota.’ That’s forgettable. Then I jump on the phone and learn what they meant was, exceeded sales quota 220% in 2017, becoming the top salesperson in the company.’ That is much more compelling to me and hiring managers.”
If you don’t provide enough metrics, you may never even get to that phone screener where you can explain to a recruiter why they matter.
Key Mistakes Overview: > Not enough numbers or any metric scope of work contributions at all > Bad Formatting or Too Long- Resumes need to look pretty–not because recruiters are interested in your aesthetic sense but because they care how you organize information. > Relevant Skills Are Too Hard to Find or Identify No Clear narrative tailored to speak to your future ... Kari Guan, a recruiter at the apartment rental finder Zumper, says that in weak resumes candidates typically fail to “list any experience that is translatable to the role they’re applying for.