The first decision a recruiter makes about you is whether they want to read your resume or throw it in the trash. With so many people applying for the same job, recruiters only spend 6 seconds deciding if you’re a fit for the position, so they have low tolerance for reading long, confusing resumes.
Give yourself a competitive edge by submitting a one page resume. The recruiter will be grateful that you saved them time, and you’ll get to reap the benefit of persuasion. Here’s how.
A one page resume demonstrates self-awareness
How many times have you been in a meeting and listened to someone drone on without ever saying anything related to the topic? Someone poses a question to the group. Mr. Eager Beaver jumps in right away to answer, and then 20 words in, you see his eyes look up to the ceiling. You start to hear sentences that are out of order and pointless. You make eye contact with your work bestie. You both think, “Ok, this clown will shut up soon.” But no, he just keeps talking and ignoring all of the social queues in the room to stop. His insecurity is palpable. Then, when he finally does stop, a mental sigh of relief permeates the room.
Now, imagine that scenario again, but instead of talking, Mr. Eager Beaver is writing his resume. Would you want to read that thing when he’s done? Me either.
The person who is about to hire you doesn’t care about your complete work history. She doesn’t care about every responsibility you’ve ever had at every job you’ve ever had, so don’t annoy her by making her read about all of the stuff that doesn’t matter.
What she does care about is what you can do for her and the company. You’ll seem self-aware and get picked for an interview if you can trim your experience to one page and pack it full of results that matter.
And self-awareness makes you likable
Don’t make the recruiter figure out how all of your work experience ties to the position. It’s not a riddle, it’s a resume. Make it clear right away that you’re the best person for the job by leaving off anything that doesn’t pertain to the job you’re applying for.
My personal resume is only one page, and one of the best compliments I ever received was during an interview when the recruiter said to me, “You know, I really like your resume. It was so easy to read and it looks really nice.” Bingo! Check! Now hire me!
And being likeable makes it easy to say yes
Always keep in mind that the point of your resume is to get you an interview. That’s all. For every bullet point on your resume, ask yourself am I proud of it, is it impressive, and can I tell a story about it?
If your response is no to any of the questions, don’t include it. It’s that simple.
There is a quiet confidence in saying less with more, so keep your resume short, simple, and impactful. It should say just enough that it persuades the recruiter to interview you, not trash you.