Positions are becoming increasingly competitive as more people apply for the limited openings available. Hiring authorities review three times as many resumes as they once did for openings and some are experiencing “resume burnout,” due to the sheer volume of resumes they must review. In this situation, resumes can be discounted and discarded more quickly than in years past. Instead of finding reasons to keep a resume in the pool of potential applicants, resumes are being reviewed and set aside more quickly as not suitable due to the information on the resume itself.
Your goal as an applicant is to keep your resume in the pool of potential applicants as long as possible. The below three tips are ones to keep in mind as you put your resume together:
- Stick to deliverables as the core of each position description. What did you achieve while at the position in question? Whether it is upgrading the network, developing a new website or establishing protocols that saved the department money, deliverables keep your resume fresh and readable. Most importantly, deliverables answer the question: Why should I hire you?
- Remember that less is more. Although you will see resumes that are often more than two pages long, our advice is to keep career resumes to two pages or less. Some consulting resumes may be longer because projects may need to be described, but the longer the resume, the more likely the resume will be set aside to be reviewed “later.” Remember that hiring authorities often will review 300 resumes for openings. The more concise you can be, the better.
- Edit your resume for typos and errors. This may seem too simple to state, but review your resume AND have another individual read it through as well. PsiNapse has reviewed thousands of resumes over the years and we see more resumes with typos than resumes without typos. We come across resumes where the contact information is incorrect, company names and/or universities are misspelled, or half written sentences are left hanging in mid thought. Do not have your resume rejected because of typos!
We hope these tips will help with your resume writing and editing. Best wishes on your career endeavors!
The PsiNapse Team