A résumé, a single document, can make the difference between being gainfully employed at a desired firm or sitting by the mailbox waiting for your unemployment check or counting the months until your benefits expires. Yet, so few people spend the time needed to write a compelling resume or minimally one that doesn’t put the hiring manager to sleep!
Most resumes I have seen over the years have too much information on them. People tend to list every single task they have accomplished at a job rather than just focusing on the four to five tasks or accomplishments they have had in their positions.
Poorly written résumés also are inundated with information and facts/figures that make it difficult to know who you are and what value you can offer to a new firm. The goal of every résumé is just that. You need to quickly accentuate on paper why a company would interview you for a position. They need to fill a job with someone that has the experience and skills listed in the job description.
Help a hiring manager help you get in for an interview.
Make sure in your career summary that it meets the basic requirements of an open position. If they are seeking at least five years management experience for example, then you should have this experience listed here. The rest of your résumé should offer a clear understanding of what roles you have played in your prior positions.
Keep it simple and focused.
Use bullet points to demonstrate your experience and make sure your are not redundant. Use a chronological résumé and try to keep it to two pages, if at all possible, but no more than three pages. Most hiring managers only read the summary, a few bullet points in each position and your education before making a decision whether to set up an interview.
Leave the job testimonials for the interview when you have a captive audience.