Resumes Should Be Streamlined
In today’s day of one-line Tweets, social media posts, and texts, brevity with words has become an art of its own. We have become accustomed to quickly surveying bits of information, skimming for only the essentials as the rest is sifted away for us. Although beyond the world of social media and texting there can be such a thing as too little detail—where the desired message becomes so distilled, it is meaningless—conversely, diluting what is fundamental with too many unnecessary words can also leave the reader wondering, so what’s the point?
Before I am guilty of erring on the side of wordiness, I will move on to the main point of this post: Resumes need to provide potential employers with a quick, easy-to-read, organized format that is digestible at-a-glance, but that also encourages a second read by presenting the crucial, specific supporting details that make you stand out from the competition.
How to Make Your Resume to the Point…
- Make sure the resume highlights the skills and accomplishments that align your abilities with the job requirements
- Write using simple, short phrases in bullet lists (resumes do not need complete sentences or paragraphs)
- Organize your information under headings to make it easy to navigate
- List key points at the top of the resume, again using brief statements and not paragraphs
- Write and then edit, edit, and edit again: Keep reading through your resume to eliminate unnecessary words and irrelevant information.
…Without Sacrificing the Important Supporting Details That Make You Stand Out!
- Rather than include vague adjectives and over-used nouns, include specific supporting details that concretely prove your abilities and worth
- Introduce a specific challenge or problem, explain the actions you took to successfully address or solve it, and present the positive outcome, using quantifiable information such as percentages, numbers, and growth in increments to substantiate and showcase what you have done; this makes your assets tangible, relative, and easy to understand
- Don’t include mundane or assumed job responsibilities that anyone in your position is required to do; instead, use fewer bullets in each section that effectively illustrate what you have accomplished and how
No: “Motivated, dedicated, innovative team leader and multitasker capable of implementing innovative strategies to decrease overhead and improve company’s bottom line”
Yes: “Decreased overhead by 10% ($15,000) in 2015 through launching designated work-from-home days for 25 department employees while maintaining productivity and achieving 100% of targeted sales goals”
Although the second example is a bit longer, it packs more punch with specifics and is more comprehensible.
Other blog posts with resume writing tips include our features “Resumes and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS): How to Get Through with Success,” “Top Five Resume Mistakes to Avoid,” and “Choosing the Most Effective Resume Format: Chronological, Functional, or Combined.”
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-by Christa Riddle