• Thursday, January 30th, 2014


Our Medical Device Recruiter always talks about resume and interview tips and yet we still see SO MANY resumes that are just too overstuffed. Many job seekers, including some senior level professionals, still fill their resumes with redundant information and then complain about the competitive field.

It is true that the job market has become very competitive. But are you playing all your cards right? Are you keeping up with the changing market and job search techniques? What worked a few years ago may not work today!

So, if you are having a hard time hearing back from companies, it is time to take a good look at your resume. Evaluate yourself and consider the following points:

1) Hiring managers / recruiters / Human Resource professionals may not remember anything if you try to focus on every skill you may have acquired after High School.

If you write out a long list of skills (for example: Marketing, social media, project management, accounting, HR, Legal, Consulting, Programming…etc), an employer will most likely not recall what it is that your specialize in. You will confuse the reader on what it is that you want to do and what are your strengths / area of expertise . Pick one major area that fits you the most and focus your resume on it. (Don’t try to be a lawyer, marketer, capitalist, regulatory adviser, and a financial expert…)

2) The number of pages matter.

Resumes that exceed two – three pages are considered unprofessional. There is a lot of advice about resumes out there. If you’re applying for a job at a technology company or corporation, it’s very clear: employers really dislike long resumes. The rule of thumb here is that if you are early in your career, one page resume might be sufficient. If you are experienced, two pages are enough. If you are senior executive, having a three page resume is appropriate to highlight your long career history.

No matter how experienced you are, always keep in mind that the resume should highlight your accomplishments. The details should be left for the interview. Leave the person intrigued to find out more about you, while giving them enough information to want to speak with you.

3) You may think that the more you fill the resume, the more experienced you appear. Wrong – The more you overstuff your resume, the more desperate you appear. 

A lengthy or unfocused resume screams desperation. You may be very talented at different things but the company you are applying for are looking for a specific set of skills. They don’t need several departments in one person. Based on what you are good at and what you want to do, focus your resume and apply.

Be aware of adding expected skills. For example, your skills and expertise shouldn’t include “team player.” If the position is usually one that requires you working in a team, it is expected. This is not a skill.

Finally, don’t use big words to fill spaces. Avoid using unnecessary words throughout your resume, for example: Enthusiastic sales rep with tremendous experience in selling an extensive variety of products…. Whoever writes this just made the employer read a line that just means “Experienced Sales Rep.” This is a red flag, your resume may be put away due to their lack of patience to decipher your resume and/or the sound of desperation on your part.

Before you apply for your next job ask yourself: who am I? Or rather, who am I in the context of this job application? Tailor your resume to tell a story that is so compelling that they’ll want to meet you to hear more.

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