Must be more than places of employment, job description/responsibilities, and education
Résumé is a thumbnail sketch of background/experience/accomplishments, not a job application form that contains every single job you’ve had since high school/college.
A résumé should make you “Come Alive Off the Page.” It is a portrait of your professional persona in words and makes a favorable impression on recruiters/employers. Our résumés contain numerous features not always found on many. Pencraft’s résumés will contain numerous features that cause you to stand out among others. For example, every résumé will contain information that is professionally unique and applies only to you and your background.
Benefits and Disadvantages to Both the One and Two Page Résumé
Length of your résumé is determined by:
Your Current Job Focus
Accomplishments and Experience
Career Strengths, Status, and Skill Sets
Competition in the Marketplace
One Page Résumé
Most desirable in today’s market. Everything is at once visible. Must be crafted carefully. Can interfere with current job focus or make you look like a “jack of all trades and master of none.” Must showcase experience related to current job focus; related experience should be minimized. Overall impression must convey enthusiasm, accomplishment, dynamic growth and development. Everyone sparkles in their own way. A professional can bring out features that people in their jobs don’t always perceive as being significant to hiring authorities.
Two Page Résumé Considerations
Currently a résumé receives between 10 and 20 seconds of the hiring authority’s time. As little time that is spent on page one, even less is used on page two. Everything the reader needs to know to have you in for the interview must be on page one. Page two serves to reinforce the reader’s decision to interview you. “This person looks like a strong candidate on page one, now on page two I see additional reasons why he/she is an interview must.” Page two often gets more scrutiny when deciding who gets a job offer. It should provide reader with reasons to interview and reasons to justify a selection/recommendation for a job offer.