Wikipedia Definition – A résumé is a document that contains a summary or listing of relevant job experience and education. The résumé or CV is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters regarding the job seeker and is typically used to screen applicants, often followed by an interview, when seeking employment.
A Curriculum Vitae (loosely translated as course of life) provides an overview of a person’s life and qualifications. It differs from a résumé in that it is appropriate for academic or medical careers and is far more comprehensive. A CV elaborates on education to a greater degree than a résumé. A résumé is tailor-made according to the post applied for. It is job-oriented and goal specific. One of the key characteristics of a proper résumé is conciseness.
(Definitions pulled from Wikipedia)
Those of you that read my blog know that I have been out of work since September 2008. During this time I have met with or consulted with a variety of professionals: large scale recruiters, boutique recruiters, career coaches, life coaches, outplacement counselors, professional résumé writers, human resource professionals, etc. It is interesting to hear each professional’s take on what the resume format should be.
Here is a short list items that have been said to me – in no particular order:
- Keep your resume to 1 page
- Keep your resume to 2 pages
- Senior executives should summarize on their resume
- Use details to convey your accomplishments
- Use bullets points
- Don’t use bullet points
- Use dates sparingly
- Use dates where you can
- Have a summary statement that is eye catching
- Don’t use a summary statement it is out dated
- Use tag words to pop up on searches
- Don’t use too many buzz words
- Quantify and qualify your work experience and its impact to business
- Use hard numbers
- Don’t use specific numbers
- Use more business jargon
- Your experiences should be painted in broad strokes
- Be creative
- Take chances
- Resumes should convey “Shock and Awe” (This is my favorite)
See what I mean? It is confusing. I have revamped (totally overhauled) my resume several times based on the advice I was given. Honestly, while I have been around for sometime and have years of experience under my belt there are only so many ways to say something.
With millions of Americans out of work and the only thing to represent you is an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of papyrus, what should the resume format and message be? If the professionals cannot come to a consensus, how is the average Joe/Jane suppose to know?
Is the resume out-dated in these times?