Consea’s Resume Myths, Tips, and Tricks
Advice from our recruitment team that will help your resume stand out.
MYTH: Resume should only be one page.
Resumes can absolutely be more than one page long. Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for as much relevant experience as possible. With the ability to submit resumes and applications online, it is almost expected that resumes will exceed one page.
Although it is acceptable for a resume to be multiple pages – one should be selective about what experience is truly relevant to the job opening.
TIP: One should edit his/her resume to highlight experience that is specific to the job opening. If one chooses to include experiences that are not relevant to the position applied for, it is best to be prepared to share any relevant skill sets and/or strengths that were developed in that role.
TRICK: Maintain a primary resume that includes all relevant skills, experience, and information. Before applying for a job, read the job description, and tailor a copy of the primary resume to fit that specific role. Exclude any skills not required for the position to ensure that it is accurately reflecting the most relevant experience for that position.
MYTH: Layout and format does not matter.
Resume aesthetics are important. Poorly formatted resumes may make it difficult for recruiters to read. It is ideal for the layout to be easy to read and showcase the most important facts.
TIP: Have uniformity with punctuation, tenses, and bullet points.
Resumes do not require the use of punctuation when using bullet points. If one must use periods, it needs to be uniform and occur within each experience. For example, the utilization of bullet points under one job description should be present amongst all job descriptions.
TRICK: Use a free website like Grammarly.com to check grammar and verb tenses.
MYTH: Lying about experiences is ok, no one will find out.
It is imperative to be as honest as possible when showcasing experiences and skill set. Rest assured that when beginning a new role, there will be expectations to practice what is preached! Also, great recruiters typically have an extensive network used to verify your information, so do not get caught in a lie!
TIP: If one DOES possess a skill/experience that is needed, add it!
This is when having multiple versions of a resume will come in handy.
TRICK: Use actions verbs and avoid the use of pronouns.
MYTH: Don’t include personal information, like location on a resume.
Location matters amongst many other factors that recruiters consider when sorting through candidates.
TIP: It’s best to include name, contact information (phone, email, LinkedIn), and location on resumes.
TRICK: Always include the most up-to-date contact information on resumes. This will ensure that recruiters are able to contact candidates as soon as possible through various channels of communication.
MYTH: LinkedIn profiles aren’t as important as the resume itself.
As LinkedIn becomes more prevalent in the sourcing of candidates, many recruiters are using LinkedIn profiles to determine whether or not they would like to speak to candidates about opportunities.
TIP: Always keep Linkedin profiles up to date with as much information as would be found on the resume. Having a detailed profile can set one apart from others.
TRICK: Link resumes to Linkedin profiles or copy and paste information from resumes to profiles so that recruiters have all relevant information needed to make a decision. Do not leave a listed role absent of information within the description!
PRO TIP: Make sure to save copies of your resume in Word AND PDF format.
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