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Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-3

resume writing mythsMany of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition and throughout your career. 

In Part-1 we exposed the first four resume writing myths. These resume writing myths included 1-page versus 2-page resumes, chronological resumes, accomplishments and employment history.

In Part-2 we exposed resume writing myths five through eight. These resume writing myths included your education and GPA, community service and functional resumes.

Today we will expose the final four resume writing myths in this 3-part series. These 12 Resume Writing Myths are all from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-3

  9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.

10. Create a list of all your accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age.

 

resume writing myths 9. Age 50+ job seekers have to include all their jobs on the resume.  Absolute, not.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Employers are looking to see what you accomplished going back 10 to 15 years. For this reason, it is necessary to put the dates on your resume going back up to 15 years in order to get through the Human Resources initial screening process.  It is not recommended to include dates for positions beyond the 15 years.

I cover details of this topic in Part-2 of the 12 Top Resume Writing Myths Exposed!

10. Create a list of all accomplishments under Selected Accomplishments on functional resumes. This is another one of the resume writing myths and one of the reasons your functional resume may not be working for you. A functional resume is a skills-based resume. For this reason, it is important to create two to four skills sub-headings under Selected Accomplishments. Then, rearrange or type your accomplishments under the appropriate skill sub-heading. This is the beauty of the functional resume for those of you making a career change or a lateral change in your career. The resume screener and/or employer can quickly see within the 15 second glance you may be a great candidate for the interview.

11. Resumes can be more than 2-pages.  This is one of the resume writing myths to be exposed. Unless the employer specifically asks for a 1-page resume, your resume should be only 1- or 2-pages. If you have 1-page or 1/2 page of related publications, patents or projects to add to your resume, I recommend creating an "Addendum to Resume" and add this information to the Addendum. This way you will get through the screening process and the employer can see what they want to read first and review the Addendum when they are read to do so.

12. Paper doesn’t matter! Afterall, it is the electronic age. Another one of the resume writing myths to be exposed, here and now. This is true, it certainly is the electronic age. I agree to go green by being environmentally conscientious. However, you will need to bring your resume to the interview. I recommend bringing at least 5 copies of your resume on resume paper to give to each interviewer. A good resume paper is "Linen."  The best color of Linen paper for your resume is brilliant white, ivory or light grey. It's important to make sure the paper you select compliment the words on your resume, not dominant it.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive or job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email me your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com. You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-2

Resume Writing MythsIf you're new to my blog, I'd like to welcome you. Many of you know, as a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition. 

Last week we exposed the first 4 Resume Writing Myths. This week in Part-2 we will expose Resume Writing Myths # 5 through #8 of this 3-part series.  Again, I am discussing 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths each week. These Resume Writing Myths are from questions I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.

Resume Writing Myths! Part-2

5. Always include your GPA.

6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume.

7. Community Service is not important on your resume.

8. The functional resume does not require an Employment History section

 

5. Always include your GPA. This is one of the Resume Writing Myths I would like exposed. The truth is “Only add your GPA to the resume if it is a 3.5 or higher. Why? Because some companies require a GPA of a 3.5 or above, most do not.

6. Without a degree, it’s best to leave your Education off the resume. This is another one of the Resume Writing Myths that needs to be exposed, here and now. If you have a degree, include your degree on your resume. If you do not have a degree, include the major, university name, city, state and one-line stating how many years or credits you’ve completed.

For example, (Earned 42 credits towards degree.)

Your resume is the place for you to give yourself full credit, where credit is due.

Resume Writing Myths7. Community Service is not important on your resume. Again, this is one of the Resume Writing Myths. Unless you are in Health Care or in the field of Education or Academia it is not necessary to add your community service or volunteer positions held. However, I find it valuable for most of my clients for two reasons. The first reason is this … If you’re an accountant and volunteer in the role of “Treasurer” this adds value by including additional experience to your resume. The second reason I like to include community service to the resume is it can add character to your resume, your good character.

8. The functional resume does not require an Employment History section. This is absolutely another one of the Resume Writing Myths. I still see functional resumes today without the Employment History.

 

This is one of the Resume Writing Myths that has given the functional resume a “bad rap”over the years.

It is very important to include all the same sections on the functional resume as necessary on the chronological resume, including the Employment History. Why? Because the Human Resources professionals look for this information on your resume and you will need this information in order to get through the screening process.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive or job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Stay tuned next week for Part-3 of "Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth Be Told!"

 

Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth be Told! Part-1

resumeAs a career book author, professional resume writer and executive coach, I write blogs for the entrepreneur wanting to start a business, business owner's transitioning to the corporate world and job seekers going through career transition. You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resume writing, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other related business subjects to help you through career transition. 

This week is part-1 of a 3-part series.  Each week I will discuss 4 of the top 12 resume writing myths. Myths I have been asked about for years and still hear from client job seekers today.  So here it is. May the truth be told, once and for all.

Top 4 Resume Writing Myths! Part-1

1. The resume should only be 1-page

2. Include all your accomplishments on your resume

3. The resume should always be written in the Chronological Format

4. Include all your jobs on your resume

 

1. The resume should only be 1-page. Some employers in the publishing or writing profession may request a 1-page resume. However, unless the employer requests a 1-page resume, this is the first of our resume writing myths exposed.

Here are the recommended formatting guidelines. Your resume should be easy for the employer to read. For example, Arial is a good font to use for the resume because the letters are clear and easy to read. The font size should be no smaller that 10.5 point. The margins should be 1-inch side-to-side and no less than ½-inch top and bottom of each page. The best resume for you will include at least one major accomplishment per year going back only 10 to 15 years based on your job or career focus. If your resume demonstrates everything you have to offer the employer, based on the jobs that interest you in 1-page using the above guidelines, a 1-page resume is best for you.

ResumeWhen writing your resume, do not eliminate information pertinent to your marketing brand or career focus. For example, do not make the font too small or the margins too wide in order to keep your resume 1-page. If you need 2-pages to demonstrate everything you have to offer the employer based on the jobs that interest you, then a 2-page resume is probably best for you.

2. Include all your accomplishments on your resume. This is … well … yes, you got it, another one of the resume writing myths. Let's expose it right here, right now. Only include accomplishments that add value in order to land the interview for the jobs that interest you. And, remember you only need to go back 10 to 15 years. Why? This is what the employer is looking for on your resume.

3. The resume should always be written in the Chronological Format. This is the third resume writing myth. The chronological resume is best if you're continuing in the same profession and you’re moving up in your career.

However, if you are changing careers or are interested in going back to a profession from many years ago, the chronological resume will not work well for you. In this case, the skills-based resume called the functional resume will work best. For more information on the functional resume, I recommend reading my blog written earlier ths month on functional resumes.

4. Include all your jobs on your resume. This is also one of the resume writing myths.

Let's expose this resume writing myth here and now, shall we? Do not include all your jobs on your resume.

Again, the employer wants to see what you’ve accomplished going back 10 to 15 years. For those of you over 50 years of age and have 30 years experience, I have "good news" for you. It is not necessary to include jobs going back beyond 15 years.

The exception to this is if you think a company or a job title you had more than 15 years ago will add value to your resume today. If this applies to you, I recommend adding a section to the bottom of your resume titled “Previous Employment.” In this section list on one line, your job title, company name, city state.  You do not need to include the dates in this section, since you already listed the dates in the Professional Accomplishment section going back the recommended 10 to 15 years.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive or job seeker with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

Resume Writing Myths Exposed by JustResumesUSA.com Kim MarionIf you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call at 970.672.8476 or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Stay tuned next week for Part-2 of "Top 12 Resume Writing Myths Exposed! May the Truth Be Told!"

50+ Job Seeker’s Tool Kit! Which Resume Format Works Best for You and Why!

 Resume for 50+ Older WorkersAs a professional resume writer and Executive coach, I write blogs for job seekers going through career transition.  You’ll find my blogs written on the topics of resumes, interviewing, social networking, negotiating and many other subjects related to help you through career transition. 

I have been hearing so many stories lately about the functional resume.  Stories that are giving the functional resume a bad rap. I’ve been hearing these stories for years. And, I’ve been writing functional resumes that work great for my clients for 25+ years. So, I would like to educate you on which resume format is best for you and why.  And how to write a functional resume that lands the interview for those that need this resume format.

The best resume format is determined by your future career.

 Not necessarily where you’ve been. But where you are going now. Below is an explanation of the 3 resume formats. 

Resumes Function or Chronological JustResumesUSA.comHere's the 3 resume formats. Which resume format works best for you and why?

1. The chronological resume highlights the progress in your jobs.  This resume format works best for professionals staying in the same profession and moving up in their careers. 

2. The functional resume works best for professionals changing careers or making a lateral change into a different industry or position. It also works well for professionals making a career transition from business owner to a corporate position. 

3. The combination resume works well when only your most recent position is related to the jobs that interest you. 

If you’re 50+ include relevant accomplishments to your resume going back 10 to 15 years. 

This is recommended for all 3 resume formats listed above. If you held previous positions with a job title or company name that adds value, you can finalize your resume with a Previous Employment section and list one-liners with your job title, company name, city and state without the dates or actual accomplishments.

 

resumesLet me share with you the story of Bill. Bill contacted me last week and asked me to review his resume. He just paid a professional resume writing service $400 for his 2-page chronological resume.  This is a good fee for his level of position.  The accomplishments were results-oriented, at least most of them were, not all.  (I recommend all accomplishment be results-oriented.)

The BIG issue in Bill's resume was the format. He needed a functional resume. Why? Read on …

Bill’s resume was written in a chronological format and he was interested in a job where his experience was over 30 years ago.  So, his accomplishments went back to 1978. This resume is NOT going get him any interviews for the jobs that interest him.  And, it will age him. He clearly needed a functional resume.  He told me the professional resume service he hired only wrote chronological resumes.  

Bill didn’t know any better at the time. However, I really think all professional resume writers should know how to write all 3 resume formats. As you can see now, the reason why is because there is only one format that will work best for you to land the interview for the jobs that interest you. The only difference between the resume formats should be the focus and how the information is presented and highlighted. Human Resources is still looking for the same information, i.e., your job titles, who you worked for, what you accomplished and when, going back 10 to 15 years.

How to write a functional resume that will land the interview.

Next, I interviewed Bill as I wrote his functional resume. We included a Career Summary listing his job titles and company names, city, state and dates going back 10 to 15 years. Then, we highlighted 3 primary skills under Selected Accomplishments on the first page of his 2-page resume. For example, we added Program Management, Process Improvement and Team Development where we listed each accomplishment under the appropriate skill.  At the bottom of his 2-page resume we added a final section titled Previous Employment where we listed his job titles, company names, city, state without the dates of previous employment. Employers are interested in what he accomplished going back 10 to 15 years which we listed in the Career Summary on the first page of Bill’s resume.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you're an Executive with a success story you'd like to share, please email your story to Kim@justresumesusa.com. I'll be happy to write your story and use it to encourage others. 

 

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference.  

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at www.JustResumesUSA.com.

 

You will find me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. For more weekly career tips on Career Coach Kim Blog, stay tuned …