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Resumes are probably one of the most talked about aspects of recruiting and job searching in general. It seems like everyone has a different opinion on the best way to build a resume and what they should look like and what they should have on them. While there are certain differences that will be prevalent in different industries, there are some myths that we see over and over again and they just aren’t true.
MYTH: Resumes aren’t really used anymore
TRUTH: While technology is becoming more and more prevalent, a good ol’ fashioned resume is still the way to go.
MYTH: Resumes shouldn’t be more than one page
TRUTH: Resumes are more about being concise than compact. If someone has more experience than fits on one page, that’s okay! The best thing they can do is use the two pages and just be sure to use the space effectively.
MYTH: The more keywords, the better
TRUTH: There are plenty of recruiters out there who just might throw themselves into a full two-year-old temper tantrum if they have to read that someone is a “team player” one more time.
MYTH: All resumes should have a personal statement or career objective
TRUTH: Just…nope. Cover letters are a fantastic place to share objectives and personality. The top of a resume is going to be the first thing that you as a recruiter are going to look at so the more eye-catching and info filled it is, the better. Instead of a statement, job seekers can go for an “At a Glance” section that shares the important stuff in a short space; things like, years of experience in the industry, awards or recognitions, etc. in an easy to digest list. Check out The Balance for a great example!
MYTH: One resume is all you need
TRUTH: Resumes should always be edited and optimized depending on the position. That means someone might have multiple resumes or, at the very least, they’ll edit their resume for each position they apply to.
MYTH: Being general in a resume is the best way to get a recruiter to follow up
TRUTH: Give details! If a job seeker helped train 30% of the new hires at their previous company, they should note exactly that rather than “helped train and onboard new hires as needed.” There’s no need for job seekers to play hard to get.
MYTH: Professional resumes should be black and white and entirely text-based
TRUTH: We’re not suggesting that people should be using Comic Sans…please don’t. But utilizing new formatting, color-blocking, and graphic design can be a good addition for many positions, particularly creative ones.