People are getting anxious about finding new jobs. The headlines scream that the economic recovery will be “jobless.” This environment opens the door for many career experts who are offering simple solutions, one-size-fits-all answers.
A resume should always be one page
Avoid overused phrases like “team player”
Always use an objective
Never use an objective
Your format should be all bullets
These “rules” have been made up by people who like to have the right answer. Sometimes these experts are hiring managers. Most often, they are only people with strong opinions who live in a world of right and wrong answers.
There is one rule in writing a resume: never lie. After that, your challenge is to present your experience, achievements, and education in a way that will make employers want to interview you and make a job offer. Rather than focus on simple “do and don’t” rules, study the job market: What do employers want? Study your own career: What do I have to offer? Present what is most relevant to the employer’s needs.
Demonstrate why you are a good candidate. That is a simple rule that will lead to success.