Year in and year out, the one page resume is touted in any number of media reports as the recommended length for an effective resume.
When I think about the resumes in general that cross my desk month to month, they more often than not are easily categorized: They either create excitement or they don’t.
If your resume is a bit flat, uninspired, or doesn’t fully reflect your skills and experiences as a job candidate, a good first step is to closely look at each of your job descriptions. Possibly you are doing little more than listing job duties.
As confirmed by continued reports and surveys (such as Manpower’s “Your Future Depends on Soft Skills” – https://tinyurl.com/yaamw3rp), one the biggest changes in the job marketplace in recent years is the substantially greater emphasis that employers are placing on soft skills.
Including relevant soft or people skills in one’s resume is arguably more important than ever as the “belief” or “participant” economy is undeniably here.
In many of the resumes that I see, job seekers will often consolidate or “collapse” multiple positions at a particular employer into one position, often by simply noting the last position they held.
In reflecting on the resumes that I see from prospective clients and job seekers, I will sometimes come across resumes that use sub-bullets (bullet points inserted below an initial bullet point) to help provide additional detail. While this practice might appear sound, I do not recommend it.