Myth #2: Provide a list of your personal interests. You may love scuba diving, have a cat weighing 93 pounds, and were the secretary in your neighborhood cross-stitch association, but how relevant are those details in your professional life? The answer: not. Generally speaking, hiring managers are interested in how you can make or save their company money. If the "personal interest" details you listed are not relevant to that overall goal, forget it. They simply take up space and distract from the focus of your resume.
While not all ATS will scramble your resume like this, many will. The trouble is, you have no way of knowing if the recruiter for that great job is using one that is user friendly to your resume or not. The solution is never to use a resume format that runs the risk of getting abused by technology. There are best resume formats that are safe to use and will avoid your resume going into that dreaded "resume black hole."
If you are a recent college graduate or have less than five years of experience, you are advised to stick to the one page rule. If you're twenty-three years old and have a multi-page resume, there had better be some very compelling material in order to justify the length. The bottom line is this: the content of your resume is by far the most important thing. Powerful content means a powerful resume. Make that your goal-not a specific number of pages.
The movie Legally Blonde showed Elle Woods, a young woman wowing Harvard Law School with a video resume outlining her unique and interesting talents. While video resumes are still not the norm, many wonder if the best way to differentiate themselves from others is to use video instead of the traditional paper resume. While an effective video resume can help a person seeking a job or slot at a prestigious college, there are definite pros and cons.
Does this sound like you? The bad news about this is that your resume is actually hurting you. If you cannot get an interview after sending your resume to a recruiter, posting it on a website or sending it to a company, your resume is not selling you. Without proper sales, you cannot get a job interview. If you cannot get a job interview, you cannot find a job. Why then do candidates continue to use the same resume even if it does not work for them is unclear.
What leaps to mind when someone mentions resume fraud? A high-profile executive that is fired in disgrace after lying about the college degrees they never obtained? While that still happens, the newer resume fraud occurs when a jobseeker steals content, often just copying and pasting information from someone else's resume. Blogs abound with stories of a shocked poster who comes across their resume online with someone else's name on it, virtually word for word. It is particularly rampant in the IT industry, where shady offshore recruiting firms copy US resumes for their clients to make them more marketable in America.
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