Resume FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

"Your resume has 10 Seconds to Get Their Attention..."

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Here are responses to some common questions about resumes. These are some of the the bare essentials you need to know to prepare an effective resume.

Question 1 - What does it mean that a resume only has 10 seconds to "Get Their Attention?"

This refers to the fact that the person reviewing your resume, a Hiring Managers or Recruiter, often has many resumes to review and not enough time to read each one in detail.

They will save time by quickly skimming each resume looking for key words or anything else that stands out before they “dig in” and read the details.

If they see what they like, they will read more. If they don’t, the resume is set aside, possibly forever. Use a resume that stands out and grabs their attention.

Remember that resumes are screening devices used to eliminate candidates that don't have the necessary skills, education, or experience so it is essential to make yours "jump out" and demand attention.

Question 2 - I have resume templates in my word processing software, aren't they good enough for my resume?

Resume templates are not recommended. The template format may be outdated and/or ineffective. It's better to use professional resume formats like those recommended here.

Question 3 - Speaking of hiring a professional, I decided to hire someone to write my resume for me. What should I look for? Should they be certified somehow?

Look for results, nothing else matters. Did they help someone you know find a job or do they have valid testimonials on their website or brochure? If so, this probably means they could help you too.

No, resume writing certifications aren’t necessary. There are many resume professionals who learned their craft on the job. Look for results, not certificates.

Question 4 - Isn't it true that style doesn’t matter because resumes are all scanned?

While resume scanning is common, not all employers use scanning technology so you still need a "visual" version. And, even a resume designed for a scanner should showcase your skills and experience so that you don’t "disappear" in a pile of resumes or a resume database.

Question 5 - Hiring someone to write my resume seems expensive. I don't want to spend money because I'm out of work. I don’t want to spend time reading a book either, I need a resume now.

A well-written resume is an investment that can offer a high return on your money. For example, if you earn $30,000 per year you are earning just over $115 per day.

So, if your resume shortens your job search by 4 weeks, you are recovering something close to $2,300.

Isn’t it a good idea to spend less than $100 in order to gain $2,300? Of course it is.

You could certainly write a great resume yourself, you don’t need to hire a professional and if you are planning to write your own resume, look at our format examples to learn recommended approach.

Or, if you need more detailed help, use one or more of our selected providers like Guerrilla Resume.

Question 6 - Where on my resume do I put my references?

Don’t list your references on your resume. You provide your references to potential employers who are seriously considering you as a candidate and you are in the interview process.

This helps to protect your references from needless calls and contact.

Question 7 - Should I add my vital statistics like my age, health, marital status to my resume?

While including personal information is customary in some countries it is not in the Unites States. You will provide information like this during the hiring process, not before.

Question 8 – How much detail should I share on my resume?

Detail isn't required...yet. The purpose of a resume is to get an interview. After your resume gets you into an interview, you can share the details.

Question 9 - I've been sending out resumes but I'm not getting interviews. What's happening?

It's difficult to say because there are many reasons why you might not be getting a response.

The problem might be your resume design or it might be that your qualifications don’t match the job.

Problems like this are covered in more detail on our Troubleshooting page. Click here to see more.

Question 10 – I’ve heard that my resume should be “targeted.” What does that mean?

A “targeted” resume is designed for a specific job and “mirrors” the job listing. This means that the accomplishments and skills described on your resume exactly match those in the job listing. This approach shows the reader is that you have exactly what they need to do the job.

You are not inventing things to match the job listing; you are using their wording to describe your skills and accomplishments. This matching makes your resume a “no-brainer” for the reader because they can see that you offer what they need.

If the person reading your resume doesn't see a match, your resume disappears and you don’t get an interview, even if you happen to be an ideal candidate for the job.

Question 11 - What else might help my resume make the first cut?

A resume should be visually clean. It should also be easy to read and understand.

Question 12 - Should I only have a single resume for all the jobs I apply for?

It is a good idea to have a resume targeted for each job. Even if the job titles are the same, the descriptions might be different and a targeted resume should reflect the job listing.

Once again, targeting doesn’t mean misrepresenting yourself. It means presenting yourself in a way that grabs the reader’s attention and makes you stand out as an ideal candidate.

This would be a good time to explore more tips and tactics on this website. You might want to begin by looking at some Resume Format Examples. Click here.

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