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Resume Tips: Don’t Overcomplicate It!

Posted on May 29, 2015 in Recruiting 101

Typically, when applying to a job, the resume is the first step in the process. Your resume is your first chance to captivate the interests of the hiring manager. Though it is a critical step in the hiring process, it really is very simple. Don’t overcomplicate it!

Long Resume Objectives.
At the top, do not include a long objective. Don’t consider this an opportunity to wow the hiring manager, and sell yourself. Selling yourself on why you’re relevant for a position will happen throughout the resume. If you choose to include an objective, keep it as brief as possible. A short, simple sentence will suffice.

Relevance Is King!
Think about the position you’re applying to, and cater your resume to that position. If you’re applying for a mid-level to senior software sales role, illustrate your experience in selling software. Because it is a sales position you’re applying to, be sure to outline your successes (example: achieved 153% of 2014 annual quota resulting in $337,000 new business.) Similarly, if the role you’re applying to is a product role, refer to the job requirements, often found on the company website, to see what metrics your performance would be judged upon. In your resume, outline your experience in using these programs (example: Spearheaded assessment of big data systems and facilitated workflow integration, influencing the successful implementation of platforms such as Hadoop, Redshift, Tableau, R, Hive, and Platfora.)

No Crazy Formats!
The most annoying thing for hiring managers when reviewing a resume, is crazy formats. Over-the-top formats can include everything from having a picture of yourself on the resume, weird organization, unnecessary colors, etc. When choosing a format, realize that less is more. Keep it simple.

Keep It To One Page.
You will not be the only applicant to a specific position. A hiring manager will scan through tons of resumes for a given position. Don’t send in a resume that’s 5 pages long. I’m not saying that there’s no position in the world that requires a 5 page resume, but you don’t necessarily need that many pages for an entry-level Sales position. As I mentioned above, relevance is king. Sure, it’s nice to know you worked part-time at the local BBQ restaurant in high school, but it’s not going to matter if you’ve been out of high school for 10 years.