When it comes time to write your resume, you may have some questions or concerns. Perhaps it has been several years since you required one, or maybe you are a recent graduate who has not yet had to craft a resume. Often, people have misconceptions about what makes a successful resume, and we would like to discuss some of those further today. So, without further ado, here are four resume myths debunked.
One is not enough
Many people make this mistake and believe that the same resume can be used for a variety of different job applications. You can not use the same resume for every job for which you are applying. Each resume should be catered to the job description, skills they are seeking, and should appeal to that position specifically. For example, some skills may fit for one role, while not applicable for others. Therefore, it is imperative to ensure your resume reflects the position, as well as the qualifications, your prospective employers are seeking.
One size does not fit all
It is an old belief that resumes should be one or two pages in length. This stems from chronological resumes, which people historically believe a resume should be no longer than a couple of pages. However, with a true skills-based resumes, the limit does not exist. Also, today’s human resourcing requires more information than what was needed a few short years ago, especially with the advent of the Applicant Tracking System. This outdated idea that a resume can only be a certain length no longer applies; a resume should be as long as it needs to be. When you work with Resumes with Results, we focus on quality of content and not the number of pages.
Addressing gaps of time
There are a variety of circumstances for reasons for gaps in one’s work history. This is an excellent example of why chronological resumes are a detriment to job seekers. Our skills-based resumes eliminate this problem and overcome this area of concern. If you find yourself concerned about any employment breaks of your own, the skills- based resume is perfect for your situation.
Using unpaid experience
People often think they should only include employed work experience on their resume. However, whether you have volunteered for several years, are part of a non-profit organization, or have related expertise in some capacity that is unpaid, this can be valuable to your resume. However, relevant work experience, even if unpaid, is important to note that this experience must apply and add value to the position you are applying for. Our wordsmiths will discuss your background in its entirety and uncover the best ways to use the skills acquired to your benefit. With chronological resumes, you will have to face many of these obstacles, but when using a skills-based resume, they are eliminated.
We hope we have helped debunk some resume myths for your today! We know that resume writing can be overwhelming, so if you would like to book a free, initial consultation with our team, we are here to assist.