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Postby ctrlaltdel » Sat May 15, 2010 10:59 am

In revamping my own resume I've found that I'm cramming a lot in there, all good stuff I fills two pages. I'm reminded of when I screen through a pile of resumes for positions at my company I immediately (and quickly) scan for related experience, education, and longevity/stability. Just curious how say you? As you tailor your resume do you pack it all into one or two pages?

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Re: Resumes

Postby DoingHomework » Sat May 15, 2010 11:20 am

Based on what you have said about your experience and career I think 2-3 pages would be good for you. Four might be fine if you have additional significant accomplishments. You will want to highlight you general management experience I think and that means describing a diverse set of accomplishments. Youv'e told us about a few here - conflict resolution, working with difficult populations/clients, probably some grant writing fund raising, don't hesitate to add a short sentence for each different type of thing you have done.

For an extry level position I'd say 1-2 pages is best. For higher level I would rather see at least 2 filled pages and maybe a third looks like you have done more. Too much more than that even for a seasoned executive just starts to look like you can't focus on the relevent and summarize. The exception is for acdemic positions where more is always better. I've seen 20-30 page academic resumes. I interviewed a guy once with 12 pages of just publications relevent to the field we were looking for!

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Re: Resumes

Postby peachy » Sat May 15, 2010 2:56 pm

It all depends on how long you've been working and what you've been doing.
I am a big believer in bullets and key (action) words.

Job 1, Title, Company
June 2006-present
-developed xyz
-manage 30 people
-instituted such and such program

Job 2, Title, Company
May 2000-June 2006
-started program to help homeless
-saved $50M by implementing cost cutting measures
-tested abc equipment, utilized RPW software to do tyx.

Additional/Relevant Experience
blah blah blah

Extracurricular Activities
-President of Glee Club of America
-VP Church Usher Board
-Active Member of Sorority Alpha Beta Gamma

If it's not related to the job you want, either don't include it and tell them about it on the interview or delete it. Those extra activities may pique someone's interest, so include them. They may be in ABG Sorority/Fraternity or Glee Club. You never know, adn that may get you a job.

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Re: Resumes

Postby specabecca » Fri May 21, 2010 11:20 am

I go by the following:
* 2 pages or less
* Quantify and qualify accomplishments
* Use laymens terms - at least in part - to explain projects
* Use action words, avoiding things like 'participated'
* Use no more than 3-4 TOTAL font styles (times new roman 10 point and 12 point are two different styles)
* Use white space to improve readability
* Submit your resume in the form required by the empoyer. If they want it in <.PDF, .docx, .txt, .html>, acquiesce.
* Relate your experiences/education to the job wherever possible. Don't say 'just like I would for company <X>', but talk about the functions you did that they want you to perform at their job.

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