Resumes are the most significant asset or the biggest liability for a candidate. Being the most important document ever written about a candidate, it is surprising how little time and thought is used in creating resumes. A number of candidates have told me that they have picked up a template from somewhere and started to write their resume using this format. Candidates also tell me that their friends have written resumes for them. The candidates then continue to use their resumes for months in the market and often get frustrated at the lack of response.
Wow, that is just depressing! How many, many resumes must a person send out before realizing that this is a broken path for many of us. For every successful job seeker, I am guessing there are probably many, many more that did not succeed. Although I have mixed feelings about the value or viability of sending out resumes to openings, I would not dispute the importance of a well-constructed resume. My only concern is how it is used. I am a big believer in Richard Bolles' statement that resumes are something you leave behind versus something you send ahead.
By simply changing the contact information, and utilizing 'copy and paste' techniques, your unique and valued resume can propagate on a multitude of job posting boards and recruiter's desks with another person's name within the 'contact' information. There are now multiple candidates competing for jobs within your market sector with identical resumes and different names.
One thing to beware of what using a functional format is blank space. While it's important to make sure that your resume isn't too long, you should also keep in mind when writing a functional resume that it does tend to lend itself to blank spaces more than a chronological resume. It seems like you have a lot of blank space on your resume that may be want to choose a hybrid resume format. The hybrid resume format combines the functional resume format and the chronological resume format.
You would be surprised to know that resumes of people who applied for the posts such as C.E.O., M.D. etc. are fitted in two pages. Just go through them and you would understand how the information is arranged. Their expertise, professional strengths, education, Benchmark and milestones and overall career track is systematically put up in just a two page document. I think now you are pretty well clarified with the fact that the length of the resume can be restricted and still your resume can be most precise.
This is why we need to become increasingly competent in the job search and application process in order to be noticed from the rest of the competition. Application you send to the prospective employer will make a major impact on you being hired or not. A CV or a resume and the cover letter are the key application documents for employment and a good resume is the key to success in ending your job search. While some of us are blessed with good writing skills as well as knowledge of resume writing, many are at a loss in creating an impressive resume. It is then a wise decision to get resume writing assistance from a third party that is competent in the matter.
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