5 Things People Reading Your Resume Wish You Knew

Lily Zhang, Career Development Specialist at MIT, told several hard truths.

1. «If your relevant experience, education, or skills are hard to find at a glance, your resume might as well be blank.»

It’s understandable to want to make your resume stand out a bit from the typical resume, but getting creative in InDesign isn’t the way to do it. As the head of Google’s HR states, «Unless you’re applying for a job such as a designer or artist, your focus should be on making your resume clean and legible.»

2. If it’s not immediately clear from your experience why you’re applying, no one will connect the dots for you.

Whether you’re a career changer or just applying for a reach position, if a recruiter’s initial reaction to your resume is confusion, you’re not going to get very far.

So, make sure you connect the dots for the reader. It’s likely that you have an idea of how your skills can be transferred or why you’re more skilled than your years of experience might let on. But, unless you spell it out on your resume, the recruiter probably won’t be able to put the pieces together—and you’ll never have the chance to explain in person.

3. If your resume is difficult to skim, it probably won’t be read at all.

There’s some debate over how much time a recruiter will spend looking over a resume, but everyone agrees that it’s less than 20 seconds. What does that mean for job seekers? It means your resume needs to be as easy to read—really, skim—as possible.

4. If you expect to get your resume in front of a hiring manager, you need to first make sure you get through HR.

That means making sure a layperson can understand what you’re talking about in your resume. It doesn’t matter if you’re managing complicated supply chains, coding complex algorithms, or conducting cutting-edge research on nanolasers—none of your impressive feats will reach the appropriate hiring manager if you can’t at least explain it in a way that a nontechnical human resources representative can understand well enough to put you in the right pile.

5. If your contact info isn’t correct, nothing else matters.

Finally, don’t be that person who has everything a recruiter is looking for but is just impossible to contact. Check, double check, and test your contact information. Typos are always bad, but a typo in your contact information is probably as bad as it gets. It’s a really crummy feeling to notice an incorrect email address a couple months into your job search. Don’t let that be you.

Liar Liar

«Never lie on your resume!» You’ve probably heard or read that at least a million times. And it’s a great piece of advice. However…

The Muse recently published an article that pointed to a blog post titled «My resume is fiction» by Chris Baglieri. Baglieri is a Philadelphia-based engineer who starts the post by saying that he updates his resume with falsehoods at the start of every year.

«At the start of every year, I do this thing where I update my resume with falsehoods. I lie, intentionally and boldly: proficient in X; launched Y; led a team and successfully Z’d. I mold it to perfection.

The spacing, superb. The type, crisp. The language, terse. The experience, impressive. I craft it as perfect as an antiquated and dead document can be crafted. And in its perfect state, wrought with lies, I think about what steps I can take in the coming year to make it less fiction and more non-fiction.

I do this because my resume serves me. I’m the audience. When someone other than me requests a copy of it, I lie some more. I serve them a part of my resume. I take my wonderfully crafted piece of fiction, and, omitting the falsehoods, or more specifically, the falsehoods that remain at that time, and serve the requestor a non-fiction form.

Resumes are not dead, the audience simply changed. I’m convinced this is the best career advice I have, a modern day version of “dress for the job you want.” Craft your resume to how you want it to look, and then figure out how you’re going to make that piece of fiction a piece of non-fiction in year’s time.»

He told Business Insider that he’s been updating his resume in this manner for close to 10 years. «What prompted it, truthfully, was taking note of how I treated other people’s resumes. I’d be on deck to conduct an interview, glance at this document just before, extract a few talking points from which we could launch into a more meaningful conversation, and never really look at it again,» he explains. «When I looked at a resume in this light, while valuable to me, it seemed to have more value to the author.»

He says this strategy, which he recommends to everyone, is the modern day version of «dress for the job you want.»

«Craft your resume to how you want it to look, and then figure out how you’re going to make that piece of fiction a piece of non-fiction in a year’s time,» Baglieri concludes.

You’re skilled, but unemployed? Maybe you don’t present yourself right?

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There are many reasons why your resume is totally imperceptible for potential employers. Most of them openly say that half of your resume is garbage. They also say that they prefer a clear demonstration of your skills. What does it mean?

There’s tons of advice out there about how exactly to answer interview questions, what to wear to that interview and how to follow-up afterwards, but what if you’re having trouble even getting your foot in the door? For many people, it isn’t a lack of experience, education or training that is keeping them from getting a call back — or these days, an e-mail back. Instead, it often comes down to how you’re presenting yourself via your resume.

Elli Sharef, co-Founder of HireArt, says: «I see hundreds of resumes a day. The biggest mistake I see is people overstuffing their resumes, trying to cram every single activity, skill or job they have ever had onto one page instead of focusing on creating a coherent story. Just recently I was reviewing a 12-page resume that started out with the following:
«My skills include marketing, social media, project management, accounting, tax law, labor law, financial management, sales strategy, 6 Sigma, operational effectiveness, ad operations and software sales. I’ve also published two novels and took a few months off to write a poetry book last spring.

Employers won’t remember anything if you try to focus on everything. If you write out a long list of skills, an employer likely won’t recall any of them. It’s simply impossible to form a mental image if you present yourself as a lawyer, marketer and venture capitalist all in one. Which is it? Pick the one that is most important to you and emphasize it throughout your resume».

So what if you have a lot of skills? You can create a few special resumes instead of one incomprehensible and jumble.

One more widespread problem: many people write voluminous resume. 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. Being succinct is among the most important skills for a job applicant.

Ok, you have something to tell the employer about yourself. How to make it brief and at the same time exhaustively? Use visualization. Visual things are better and impressive because they are easy to understand and remember as compared to a page full of text. This will allow them to identify you and your skills among the tons of text.

If you want to impress an employer, it’s much better to show than tell. 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. You have many accomplishments?

One can incorporate designs and pictures that will show your personality and makes you different from the crowd. You can highlight the things that you think are most important. Maybe you want to put your awesome skills first and your work experience last if you are right out of college. In any case, it’s better to show results than talk about these results.

Your Resume as Xmas Card?

Hey everyone,

It’s been a wonderful year for ResumUP! We have been working hard to provide you with a great experience and value through our services.

Recently we introduced redesigned text version of your resume. And what’s the most important — new way to import and edit your info. It gives new opportunities to stand out next year.

As an example — imagine your resume as a Christmas card. Well, don’t imagine — it’s already waiting for you at your resumup account. Check out, edit, share and download it!

Whether you have joined us this year, or have been with us from the beginning, thank you! It’s going to be a magic year.

Go Visual – Get Visible
ResumUP Team

New Blocks

Hi, everyone!

We’re excited to share with you our new tools to make your professional identity outstanding. Based on your votes and feedback we introduce three new blocks for your ResumUP profile.

First

Recommendations. We all know how important it is to show that what you do is valued and appreciated by others. We’ll display the number of recommendations you have on LinkedIn and quote them in the text version of your profile.

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Second

Achievements. Is there something you are proud of? Your honors, test results, certifications. Share it, it’s worth displaying.

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Third

Klout Score. If you’re social animal and it is important for you to display how influential you are, here’s the block for it.

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More changes to come soon, so stay tuned. And as always we really appreciate your feedback.

Visually yours, ResumUP team.

Slug’n’Scroll

Hi, everyone!

We’ve just rolled out some features to make you even more visible and outstanding!

First

It’s time to make your profile truly personal. Forget about stupid id numbers. Now you can create your own profile link just go to your profile settings and pick a name!

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Second

We know that most of you had to limit the amount of information on the profile’s timeline since it just didn’t fit. Now we have a solution. A dynamic timeline allowing you to display much much more info.

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So don’t limit yourself anymore. Show all of the important stuff.

More changes to come soon, so stay tuned. And as always we really appreciate your feedback.

Visually yours, ResumUP team.

New ways to customize your ResumUP profile

ResHi, everyone!

ResumUP is for you to make better career decisions.
Your profile is a powerful tool to analyze your strengths and stand out. Here’s what we
did for you to get even more visible.

First

Now ResumUP’s new profile sections give you the opportunity to showcase a wider variety of accomplishments which are important. Now you can change the blocks to describe your personal or professional identity better.

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Second

However, there is a long list of what we’re working on. Behance, Klout, Recommendations, GitHub, etc. Let us know what’s most important to you. Vote for it and we’ll do it in the first place. Or suggest your own!

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More changes to come soon, so stay tuned. And as always we really appreciate your feedback.

Visually yours, ResumUP team.