I recall an HR Director who wanted me to coach him on his interviewing skills. He told me the "secret" to his "great" resume. He just keyword searched resumes in his company's database, pulled out ones he liked that closely matched his skills, and pasted together the document. When I questioned his ethics, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, "it's common practice."
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.
That may seem like an obvious no-no, but you might be surprised to find out how many applicants stretch the truth or simply lie or their resume. The most common offense usually involves some type of misrepresentation or misleading statement concerning degrees, grades, class standing, academic honors, participation on scholarly publications, work history or relevant work experience. While misleading statements can sometimes be unintentional, they can nevertheless lead to serious consequences.
Additionally, if companies are reluctant on a legal basis to view the video resumes sent to them for specific job openings, such companies do not go to online video hosting sites to view resumes in the hopes of somehow finding the perfect person for their job. They are even less likely to search online when it means sifting for job candidates amongst films of people's pets and music videos.
You should never state race, religion, sex, age, marital status, or other personal data that have no relevance to your employment qualifications on your legal resume. Doing so could suggest you are unaware of, or are insensitive to, laws prohibiting discrimination. If your legal resume contains personal information unrelated to your job target, you might also fall victim to discrimination, even if you're qualified for the position.
If you don't have a clue where to start when writing a resume then you need the help of a professional resume writing service. If you find yourself applying for lots of jobs but not getting any callbacks, then either you are applying for the wrong jobs or your resume isn't up to scratch. You don't need to spend hours agonizing over crafting the perfect resume, neither do you need to spend a fortune on a resume writing service; you just need to know what the employer is looking for and the professionals do.
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