Resumes: The Real Deal

August 13th, 2012

Welcome to SG’s new Blog!

I thought I’d start with the common quick resume improvements I usually discuss with my candidates . . .

How much information should be on my resume?

  • In general, the further back in time, the shorter the experience details. Basically anything over ten or twelve years old should be down to a sentence or two. List the name of the company, the date range and the job title.

Do I need a summary on my resume?

  • Everyone should have a summary, if only to show that you can write. Senior and middle level executives and managers must have a summary. It should sum up everything that is relevant to the new prospective hiring manager. Use it as a way to create your three-to-five-sentence brand image in words, your personal “elevator pitch”.

Do I need to include the months on my resume?

  • If the duration of your last two or three jobs is more than four years in each company, include the months on your resume when you submit your resume to anyone in HR or the staffing industry. Sans months it is assumed there is something you are avoiding sharing about yourself.

Where do I put my education on my resume?

  • If you are applying for a position which requires a certain degree, put it on the first page after your summary. If a particular degree is not paramount for the position or not relevant to the position you are applying for, place it after your job experiences under a heading entitled “Education.”

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