Resumes: 2 Truths & 1 Lie

We are going to use the fun ice breaker 2 Truths and a Lie and myth bust some questions we often get about resumes. Yes, resumes are important. But you don’t have to lose sleep over them. So let’s break it down so you can focus on the right areas to get recognized as a great candidate.

1) Recruiters look at your resume for under 10 seconds. Truth! According to LinkedIn & Indeed (and our own experiences) it’s about 6-8 seconds. So that means you have to capture their attention quickly with your most recent job title. This does not mean fancy icons or colors, it means using words that the recruiter will recognize. Unless you are a designer or a creative role, you don’t have to over design your resume. But you should lay it out so the most compelling part of your background stands out at the top. And use the words that are in the job description so the recruiter doesn’t have to do the work of translating if it applies to their job. 

2) It should only be one page. Maybe (so truth and lie). The length of your resume should be appropriate based on how long you have been working and the kind of work you do. And don’t try to manipulate it by expanding margins or using smaller fonts, recruiters know that game! Some tips: For any jobs more than 10 years ago, you can just list the role, company and dates (you don’t need sub-bullets). If you changed careers, you don’t have to start at the beginning. For example, Karen doesn’t list her theatre work now that she has years of HR experience she can list. 

3) I have to note all my wins, projects, KPI’s so I look like a good candidate.  Lie! Only call out the most important to the role you are applying for. This is not a laundry list of everything you have done (or your last job description) but a call out of key things you have experiences and accomplished that tie to the role you are going for. This is also a great way to know how long your resume needs to be. If it’s too long, people will zone out! If it’s unrelated, people won’t care! 

Hopefully this helps you focus your efforts as you update your resume. It may mean that you have a couple of different resumes if you are going for distinctly different roles. But otherwise you can just make a couple of small tweaks for each application and be off and running.

What other myths have you heard about resumes? Post them below and we can help call them out as a truth or a lie! You can also hear more myth busters on our podcast episode from season five.

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