As a Talent Attraction expert on a current recruiting consulting contract, I see many resumes. Some contain everything, including the kitchen sink (please do not send 4+ page resumes!). While other resumes are so vague, I wonder what were the candidate’s responsibilities?

When I coach professionals on their career search, I ask them, “What’s the purpose of your resume?” Generally, their response is, “To get me a new job.” That expectation puts too much responsibility on your resume.

What Is The Primary Purpose Of My Resume?

Very simply, the purpose of your resume is to provide interest in your candidacy.

Consider your resume as your marketing piece. As a speaker, my resume is my “One Sheet”, a 2 page marketing piece that demonstrates why an organization should hire me to speak at a function.

Your resume may be very creative when applying for Marketing positions, maybe a video. Engineering Managers and Accounting Managers expect succinct resumes. All managers need to know your prime responsibilities and any accomplishments.

What Is The Secondary Purpose of My Resume?

How many of you even knew there is a secondary purpose for your resume?

The secondary purpose of your resume is to provide talking points during your interview.

Many times when I read resumes, I wonder if candidates made any impact in their work. And then I move on to the next resume. Their resume was not selected for an interview.

Occasionally when coaching a professional job seeker, I ask why they did not include any accomplishments in their resume? Their response is, “I did not want to brag.”

Accomplishments ATTRACT my Attention as a Recruiter. They also become talking points during your interview. If they are not included in your resume, your accomplishment may not become the topic in your interview that differentiates you as the best qualified candidate.

How Many Pages Should I Limit My Resume?

Don’t you love, “It depends…” responses? Truthfully, the length of your resume depends upon your years of experience and your accomplishments. A resume for a professional with 10 years of experience with the same company could be one page – or it could be two pages, depending upon career progression at that company. Adding more than one job will add an extra page when you have 5 to 10 years of experience. Most entry level resumes should be limited to one page.

Career seekers over 50 could easily have a 3 page resume. Remember, your most recent 5 years of experience with accomplishments are most important. Once you are past the last 15 years in your resume, feel free to group your previous experience together. You may write “Previous experience included…” List companies (if important) or positions.

Resumes For Applying Online

I cringe when I know candidates are only applying online.  Even the job boards screen you out. When you apply to many companies on their website, their applicant tracking system may screen you out too.

If you do not have an 85% keyword match rate with their job description, Many HR Recruiters will not look at your resume. This practice emphasizes that your resume needs to mirror that specific company’s language.


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