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Stop fiddling with the margins. Lees says the days of a one-page resume are over: It used to be that you used a tiny font size and crammed in the information to make it fit. Nowadays, two or three pages is fine, but that is the limit: Any more than three and it shows that you can not edit. Heifetz agrees: I have never met a resume that fit on one page, even for a recent graduate. If you are going to tell a compelling story, you need more space. You can supplement what is on the page with links to your work but you have to motivate the hiring manager to take the extra step required. Tell them in a brief, one-line phrase what is so important about the work you are providing, says Heifetz. And stick to the most common fonts. It is not how fancy it is. It is how clear, clean, and elegant it is in its simplicity, says Heifetz. Vary the line length and avoid crammed text or paragraphs that look identical. The goal is to include enough white space so that a hiring manager wants to keep reading. For example, the opening summary could be three or four lines of text or two or three bullet points. It does not matter as long as it is easy to read, says Heifetz. It can be hard to be objective about your own experience and accomplishments. Many people overstate — or understate — their achievements or struggle to find the right words. Consider working with a resume writer, mentor, or a friend who can help you steer away from questions like, Am I good enough for this position? and focus on Am I the right person for the job? At a minimum, have someone else check your resume for logic, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
It is tempting to list every job, accomplishment, volunteer assignment, skill, and degree you have ever had. But do not. A resume is a very selective body of content. It is not meant to be comprehensive. If it does not contribute to convincing the hiring manager to talk to you, then take it out, says Heifetz. This applies to volunteer work as well. Only include it as part of your experience — right along with your paid jobs — if it is relevant. So what about the fact that you raise angora rabbits and are an avid Civil War re-enactor? Readers are quite tolerant of non-job related stuff but you have to watch your tone, says Lees. If you are applying for a job at a more informal company that emphasizes the importance of work-life balance, you might include a line about your hobbies and interests. For a more formal, buttoned-up place, you’ll probably want to take out anything personal. My rule of thumb is that 95% of what you talk about should be framed as accomplishments, suggests Heifetz. I managed a team of 10 does not say much. You need to dig a level deeper. Did everyone on your team earn promotions? Did they exceed their targets? Give people a sense of your management style, says Heifetz. Lees agrees: Give tangible, concrete examples. If you are able to attach percentages or dollar signs, people will pay even more attention. Here is a sample senior executive resume that does this well (source: Jane Heifetz, Right Resumes). Of course, you can not and should not quantify everything: you do not want your resume to read like an accounting report.
Do not think you can get away with having just one resume. You can have a foundational resume that compellingly articulates the most important information, says Heifetz, but you have to alter it for each opportunity. Of course, you may need to write the first version in a vacuum but for each subsequent one, you need context. Research the organization. Talk to someone — or ideally two or three people — who have worked there before, work there now, or otherwise know the organization. Then tweak it for the position, the industry, etc., says Lees. Heifetz says to ask yourself: What words or experiences do I need to highlight? What can I get rid of because it is not relevant? They do not have to be radically different but they need to do the job for each situation, she says. Your LinkedIn profile is just as important as your resume. Do not have one? Put one up immediately. Do not cut and paste from your resume, says Lees: It makes you look lazy. But do make sure you are presenting yourself in the same way. You do not have to use bullet points: you can be more narrative, and even more casual, says Heifetz. You also want to tweak the tone. There is a greater expectation that you will demonstrate personality, she adds. For example, the summary section should be written in the first person. It gives you the opportunity to present yourself as a living, breathing human being. Here is Jane Heifetz is LinkedIn profile as an example.
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