When I was interviewed online at Women for Hire last year, listeners constantly asked about editing their resumes. Here are a few of their problems (P) and my solutions (S):
P. Most of my jobs seem to have a lot of responsibilities and requirements. If I touch on each of them, the resume grows and grows.
S. Job ads and postings usually make it clear which skills, achievements and knowledge a company considers most important in a job applicant. First, make sure the company knows you are the right person for the job by describing how your skills and achievements meet the company’s requirements. Then, add whatever else will spark the company’s interest in interviewing you, keeping your focus on the job you are applying for.
P. The most difficult part of writing or revamping my resume is to decide how long to make it. Everyone says one page only, and no more than 10 years of experience.
S. “Everyone” is wrong. Two or even three-page resumes are fine if you are giving the company information that is relevant to the job posting and to your ability to contribute as an employee.
P. I am desperate to find a job so I put too much of my skills and education into my summary.
S. Creating a balanced resume when you are desperate is difficult, and one of the reasons why the objectivity and resume editing skills of a professional resume writer are so valuable. Write your summary to match the important criteria for the job you want, not from desperation.
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