It seems everywhere you go, some well-meaning person has an opinion on your job search strategy. And no part of your career game is more riddled with myths and misinformation than that of crafting your resume. Don’t be bowled over by outdated or obsolete opinions. We’re here to help you separate the fact from the fiction.
Myth #1: ”The Resume is Dead.”
How many times have we heard this? It makes for a catchy, controversial headline, but it is far from fact.
Truth: With LinkedIn, infographic resumes and other online vehicles, resumes may not be the only employment document now—as it was back in the day. But it is still the most critical tool job seekers possess! When a company is interested in you, they don’t ask for your blog, video, or website, they will still ask for your resume.
Myth #2: “The purpose of a resume is to get a job.”
Truth: The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. No one is going to hire you until they meet you face-to-face and can get to know you. They want to picture how you will perform on the job and fit in with their team.
Myth # 3: “The best chance you have to get a job is to send out as many resumes as you can.”
Truth: We call this the “shotgun” approach–and this is how too many job seekers waste an enormous amount of their time. If you don’t take a more surgical approach, and tailor your resume–not only to the industry–but also to the specific organization you’re applying to, it really has little hope of being taken seriously.
Myth # 4: ”The body of my experience paragraphs should highlight my areas of responsibility so they know how important my role was.”
Truth: One sentence or phrase can give them the scope of your work, but the bulk of that critical section should focus on quantified and qualified achievements–in bullets, not paragraphs. Make it easy for the reader to see what you’ve accomplished and to skim your information.
Myth # 5: “A truly ‘professional’ resume should never include color or graphics.”
Truth: A great way to add pop and pizzazz to your resume is through the use of clean design, color and charts or ‘pull-out’ quotes. This depends, of course, on your industry. An artistic field such as advertising is going to give you much of a free hand, than a more traditional industry such as the law–so let your good judgment guide you.
Learn something new? Good! Want more? Great! We’ve got five more ‘truth balls’ rolling down your alley in an upcoming post.