Opal Lara. Resume. September 09th , 2017.
As a professional resume writer with over 12 years of experience, I have just about seen it all with regards to the style and type of resumes that most people try to develop on their own. And just because someone has hired a resume writer it doesn't mean their work is all alike or of the same quality. People generally seek out a resume writer when they are not getting the results or outcomes they hoped to receive. Someone who truly wants to help their customers won't take an existing resume and simply re-type or re-format it. That may be helpful for someone who only wants to have their resume updated but most people need more help than that - as a truly effective resume won't be needed for long because a good resume gets noticed right away. And even though I have potential clients who are in need of a new resume, and they are willing to consider hiring a resume writer, there are still many misconceptions that must be addressed before they become willing to take the next step.
It is possible that the person who will make this assessment of your qualifications may not know the specifics of the job you've applied for beyond the actual job description, and for better or worse that means your resume must stand out in a way that ensures you are able to move beyond that initial screening. To accomplish this goal you must have a well-designed, well-formatted, and well-written resume that markets your skills, experiences, and education in a manner that creates a connection to the open position. Unfortunately most resumes resemble DIY projects that are easily overlooked and quickly discarded by recruiters. When you consider the highly competitive nature of most careers, you cannot afford to have a resume that sells yourself and/or your career short.
Include a Picture - Unless you're a model or in a professional dependent on physical attributes, I always advise against putting your picture on your resume. In my experience, it can do more harm than good. So keep the formatting of the resume simple and let the hiring manager use their imagination until they call you in for an interview. Plus, your looks should have nothing to do with your professionalism or the credentials qualifying you for the position. In the business world (even legally), your appearance should have no value as a selling point for you as a competent job candidate.
Text resumes (also referred to as ASCII resumes) are just what the name implies, an ASCII-formatted version of either your traditional or scannable resume. Text resumes are universally readable on all computer systems and platforms and are the preferred format when you are emailing your resume. An ASCII resume received in email can be entered directly into an applicant tracking system without the added step of needing to scan it. Entry into the system is fast, easy, and accurate and so many employers and recruiters prefer this format.
Another common misconception is that a resume must be one page in total length. I am not certain I know how that idea became popular or why it has remained so engrained as it ultimately serves little purpose for most candidates and it can work to the detriment of a job seeker. The reason why is that a one page resume, for a person who has fairly extensive experience, can sell them short. This type of resume will either leave off critical information or it will be typed in a font size that is not easy to read.
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