Tips for  a Winning Resume


    Even If You Are the Queen of England, the Pope, or
    Bill Gates, Keep Your Resume to One Page!one-page.jpg

    A resume is a snapshot of your qualifications as they match the needs of a particular position.  And a snapshot is one thing, not two. Your resume's only goal is to prove that you're worth the time that an interview takes. It will have to communicate your value points and experience within 20 to 30 seconds. If it asks the reader for more time, it may instead get time in the waste basket.

    Your Resume is Usually Read by a Stranger About a Stranger.

    The reader's interest level is often low as the page is unfolded; it is even lower as two pages are unfolded. In this day of junk mail and paper overload, the reading, not to mention the assimilation, of two pages of single-spaced text is a rare occurrence, even a phenomenon. Page two rarely gets read because readers know that the older, less-pertinent information resides there. Also, many readers feel that if you can't say it on one page, you are not a concise communicator. Why run the risk of encountering one of these two-page resume haters when you won't alienate anyone with one page.

    You may be thinking: "But I have twenty-five years of experience in the field. How could I possibly put all that on one page?  It's an injustice!"  Sorry.  On paper, you are more interesting to yourself than you ever will be to anyone else. Besides, the reader rarely cares about in-depth details of your early career years.  Your most recent years usually are most important, and need description.  For example, if you are now General Manager at Ace Gear Company, a detailed description of your prior years as Assistant Manager, Manager Trainee, and Clerk won't be of interest to the reader. You need only show that you advanced through these levels and list key accomplishments in these positions.

    Build your resume the way a skilled writer would build a short story, with every word playing an essential role toward communicating the story's central message.  Any superfluous words will weaken the power of the message. If you force yourself to think about the value and connotation of each word you put down, you'll build a resume with integrity. You'll build a resume that makes a strong, cohesive, focused, one-page statement about why you're worth interviewing.  If something in your background is obvious, irrelevant, or pulls the reader the wrong way, leave it out! If you are in doubt, ask yourself the question: "Does putting this in strengthen my case in any way?"

    At A-Script our resumes give the reader an appetite for meeting you. A good one-page resume will leave the reader with just enough of a taste to be hungry for more, rather than with a case of two-page indigestion.

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