When making the executive leap, your resume is the surest way to make or break your candidacy for landing a new role. Why is the resume so important? When changing jobs, you know you are a superstar. But does your resume show it?
The resume has changed over the years – yours is likely out of date and not doing you any favors. Over the next couple posts, I’ll share with you the top resume myths for you to be aware of to help you successfully land your next position.
Resume Myth #1: Someone Will Read Your Resume Front to Back, No Matter What
On a daily basis, human resources professionals and company hiring managers wade through hundreds of resumes. Most HR professionals are strapped for time and overwhelmed with the applicants they need to review. Your resume should subliminally say to the reviewer, “Go ahead, keep reading the entire resume, you won’t be sorry. I will bring you value, save you money, improve processes, and give you a great return on investment. Bring me in for an interview!” Unfortunately, in most cases your resume will not be read front to back. You have seconds to get their attention, so make it count!
Resume Myth #2: Summaries and Objectives Are Essential
Summaries and objectives are things of the past. They do not provide information about you fast enough for the person taking a six-second glance at your resume. Instead of a summary or objective, the top third of the page should include the heading “Core Competencies,” followed by a bulleted list of critical words or statements that might normally be in a summary. This is easier for busy recruiters and hiring managers to read, and will more quickly convey the value you can bring to an organization.
Resume Myth #3: Fonts Are No Big Deal
Can you believe that your executive leap might never get off the ground because of a font? Fonts can make or break you. Keep in mind it needs to be easily read, elegant, clean, and professional—a safe bet, but not too basic. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, the five best fonts are Calibri, Helvetica, Georgia, Ariel, and Garamond. As far as size goes: Nothing so small the hiring manager needs a magnifying glass to read it—an 11- or 12-point font is ideal. Stay tuned as I share more of the top resume myths getting in the way of qualified executives landing the role they want and deserve.