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In terms of building a resume, what are effective ways to keep it concise?

I heard about the "six second rule" but it's difficult to shorten my resume without feeling like I'm leaving out vital information. #job-search #resume #interviews #resume-writing #job-application

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Carol’s Answer

I just attended a resume writing course, the best advice I got was to make sure that the summary section at the top catches their attention. Basically the employer needs to see the important points in the top half or third of the very first page, if that interests them they will look further. Use action verbs that demonstrate your talents like managed, led, maintained rather than "responsible for". When possible quantify your actions, for example "led a project developing for a $50,000 contract" - employers like numbers and percentages.

Thank you comment icon This is really helpful information! Thank you! Wanita
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James’s Answer

In building your resume, make sure you cover the following with approriate dates:
1. Education
2. Past places of employment along with your responsibilities.
3. Extracurricular activities (at least 3)
4. References (at least3 verifiable)
On top of your resume will be your personal information along with your current phone number and e-mail address.


Keep it short (one page is best ! Employers want a quick overview with your most relevant information...the rest will be covered in your interview...

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Misbah’s Answer

Hi there,


have you read this article: http://www.businessinsider.com/ideal-rsum-length-for-google-2014-10


I think its great because it clear, concise, and points out what "right" about the resumes.

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Amanda’s Answer

The employer doesn't have to read the whole thing in 6 seconds, but you have 6 seconds to impress them! Keep your most impressive information at the top. If you are a recent college graduate with little experience, put your education at the top. If you have tons of relevant experience make sure they see that first. Anything over 10 years old or anything that isn't relevant should go. Also focus your bullet points on accomplishments rather than job duties. Accomplishments impress.

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Kim’s Answer

Wanita,


They do not have to be able to read the entire resume in six seconds! The first time they look at it, they look at it for six seconds. They will read the Summary of Qualifications at the top, and then quickly scan for names of employers, job titles, and dates of employment. IF you make it past the first reading, they will read it more closely the second time they look at it.


The resume should probably not be longer than a page and a half for most people. Start it off with a "Summary of Qualifications." But, write this section last (because it's easiest to write by reviewing what you wrote in the rest of the resume). It contains "the best of the best -" whatever they MUST absolutely know about you, your skills, work ethic, etc. Use bullets in this section, and in the "Experience" section.


The Experience section should contain work history, It can also include volunteer experience. Follow this with an Education section.


The key to making the resume shorter is to start with the lengthy/wordy resume that you have, and look for ways to express the same idea, but with fewer words. For example, I looked at one where the person had listed "dusted the shelves, swept the floors, vacuumed the floors, mopped the floors, cleaned the windows, cleaned the bathroom." That can be reduced to "cleaned the store." However, I would prefer to see "Maintained the store in a clean, safe, and inviting manner." Not so short, but it conveys so much more - a concern for safety, and a recognition of the importance of catering to the customer.


Also keep in mind that the resume is not an autobiography. They don't need to know everything you've done - what they want to know is if you can do their job, and do it well. So if certain things are not relevant to the job you are applying for, you can leave them out. Most people have a "master" resume, and tweak it by making minor changes each time they apply to a job. The job announcement is your guide to what the employer wants to see on your resume.


I don't think we are supposed to "connect" on this site. If you want to connect with me on LinkedIn, I will be happy to review your resume for you!

Thank you comment icon Wow, I really appreciate this! This is extremely helpful information!! I would be glad to connect with you on LinkedIn. Thank you so much again! Wanita
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Stefania’s Answer

It's extremely challenging to not have the urge to write down all the achievements you are proud of, but do your best to use the "economy of words" and cut the fat and keep the true essence. Use the very top of your resume to introduce your skill set, strengths and positioning in 3-4 sentences. Highlight the KEY things you've done and use a lot of action words (Created, managed, organized, produced, assisted, supported, etc etc). Best of luck!

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Katya’s Answer

Hi Wanita, These are the best practices to have a good resume in place. Again, I do recommend to review your resume once in 3-6 months and updating it. Sometimes you want to change the structure of the verbiage, add some important accomplishments or perhaps even new skilled that you learned don the job.

1) try to keep it on one page

2)avoid spelling or grammar errors

3)use one tense- for example if you are writing in the past tense make sure you keep it this way

4)don’t include references

5)don’t list everything you have ever done- make it concise

6)think about what makes you different

7) list your accomplishments

8) list your digital expertise

9) have an opening statement -objection

10) list your educational background

11)I do recommend you list all your skills-this would give a good understanding to the Hiring manager About you

best of luck





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Simeon’s Answer

If you can, summarize each individual piece of experience/education with just the name of the place and at most three sentences for the most important pieces of the resume. Everything else should only be covered by a name/title. If something on the resume catches their interest, they will likely ask about it in the interview, so you don't need to worry about giving the most detail possible.
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Rachel’s Answer

Great question!

As someone who has reviewed hundreds of resumes, I typically look for the following:

1. Quick summaries of each place you've worked and the type of work you did
2. Key highlights of accomplishments with metrics (i.e. I was able to improve this process by eliminating 10% of extra work)
3. Areas of interest, passions, involvement in volunteer work

Having a combination of the above helps showcase all the areas that make you a well-rounded candidate.

Good luck!
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Blake’s Answer

Don't go too far back with job history, or in detail of the job. Brief descriptions of the jobs will suffice and if the interviewer has follow up questions you can address then.
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Fiona’s Answer

A resume should have a section on education, work experience/volunteering experience, and any relevant or interesting extra curricular activities or other skills you may have. For work experience/volunteering experience, you can have short descriptions of what the work entailed – this is good to show the skills you obtained, however, ensure to keep this short and succinct. You can choose to include a mission statement (a sentence or two) at the top. Remember that resumes are a marketing document for yourself – keep it short, concise and succinct.
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M’s Answer

I have been told the most important thing....keep the resume relevant to the job you are applying. Now I never understood that when I was younger because I didnt want a new resume for every job. HOWEVER...looking back, i would have been able to get my foot in the door more if I had made it more relevant.

Keep it short, sweet, and to the point. Focus on achievements and quantifiable items.

Good luck
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Lauren’s Answer

When I review interviews, I do read the whole thing, but I consider the information on the first page the most important. Include enough detail to explain key functions of jobs you've had, but don't try to include every single thing you've done. With a resume, I'm trying to understand the types of work you've done and the impacts you've had on your team or company. Those things give me ideas for topics to ask about during interviews to find out more details of your skills and experience.

I'd suggest having at least one other person review your resume. You could do this informally with a peer or mentor or use a more formal review or coaching service. Make sure you also read through it several times yourself to catch any typos. Those really stand out when I'm reading resumes and can leave a less-than-great impression.
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Mary’s Answer


As an employer who looks at multiple resumes a week, make sure to keep it to one page. The employer wants to see just an overview but your interview is where you show your skills through answering the questions. Also employers don't want to see a job jumper.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/averyblank/2017/04/18/6-easy-ways-to-shorten-your-resume-and-make-it-stand-out/?sh=62f6e84b46a3
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