The resume represents the culmination of a significant commitment in time, research, investment, and resolve, to craft a unique document that encapsulates one's career experience, distinctive values, and core competencies. For the job seeker, the resume is the 'critical mass' or nucleus that inspires and motivates the prospective employer to open their interview doors for a potential candidate. Although not officially patented or trademarked, the resume represents your 'Intellectual Property'. It defines a personal 'brand' which differentiates you from other potential candidates. This differentiation also extends to the style, structure, content, and, unique visual appeal of the resume.
If you need help in drafting a complete and credible resume then a professional resume writing service can help. All you need to do is to provide them with the essential bits of information that every resume needs to include, such as employment history complete with dates and specific positions of the employment and responsibilities and they can organize it into an appropriate structure.
Myth #1: Keep it to one page. If you've been around the block a few times, written (or rewritten) your resume a time or two, and applied for several jobs, this is a no-brainer. Nonetheless, I'm constantly surprised at the number of competent professionals who think that they have to squeeze their entire career history onto a single 8½ x 11" sheet of paper. Often, this leads to shrinking margins, tiny fonts, and even (heaven forbid) compressed character spacing. Don't do that to yourself. Obviously, you don't want to get carried away here (see myth #4). You're not writing a biography. Nonetheless, it's perfectly appropriate for a seasoned professional to take up to three pages.
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.
Just like a chronological resume, a functional one should start with a very compelling objective statement. The objective statement is where you will place the information you think is the most appealing to a potential employer. It is also the place where you will list any of your personal career goals. It is my belief that this is the most important sentence in your resume. If you get it right, the reader will want to read the rest of your resume. If you get it wrong, the reader will probably not read the rest of your resume will set aside for another more appealing option. Try to focus on how you feel you were skills will benefit the employer. Show them how you can help them accomplish their corporate goals.
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.
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