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What a Resume Is and Ain’t

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What Does a Resume Do ?

A resume is a doorknob. It works if it gets you into the room.

Studies show that readers spend an average of fifteen seconds – not minutes, seconds – on a resume before deciding whether to read further. This means you must hit them quick with your best stuff.

  • Accomplishments. Quantitative is great.
  • Capabilities. What can you do for them ?
  • Differentiators. Why you and not the next guy ?

What It Ain’t

A resume is not a journal or a diary.

There are many factors here but generally one page for each five years in the workforce, not to exceed three or four pages tops, is about right.


This article was originally posted to LinkedIn