Re: Updating Resume?

Subject: Re: Updating Resume?
From: James Barrow <vrfour -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 07:25:12 -0700

Hmmm...I half-agree with this:^)

As of a few years ago, my resume was five pages long, and spanned 11 years. As you mention, my opening page received the most refining as I wrote an eye-catching objective, and a summary of skills that would have made an ad-man proud. The first two jobs under Experience were also polished. But recruiters and employers seemed to be a bit put off by the overall length of the resume - like simply seeing "Page 1 of 5" at the bottom of Microsoft Word was too much for them to bear.

I've since reduced my resume to just under two pages. And trust me when I say 'just under.' One more punctuation mark and I'm at three. I was able to reduce the length of my resume by bulleting all of the job duties for all of the positions that I've held. Although this tactic still produced a four page resume, I was now able to use that to generate job-specific resumes. For example, if I was responding to a job position that required documentation for SAP or PeopleSoft, I simply highlighted those tasks and deleted other non-specific tasks. This was easier for me than maintaining several versions of my resume.

- Jim

On Sep 15, 2004, at 6:17 AM, Lee Hunter wrote:

It's nice to have a two page resume but the real issue is whether the first two
pages of your resume (especially the first page) are completely compelling. If
the resume has a great opening the page count really doesn't matter (providing
that the rest of the resume does not contain ANYTHING that is boring,
irrelevant, mediocre or that would in any way make the potential employer

If I'm spending millions of dollars on staff and risking millions more on the
project itself, I want to have a complete picture of the candidates. If you
catch my attention on the first page I don't mind skimming through the rest.


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