When you apply to a job your resume is usually uploaded into an applicant tracking system. Most create a short list of candidates based on keywords. Ensure that your resume has the right keywords by including keywords from the job description. Keep your resume short but it's fine to have more than one page. Just make sure the first page of your resume is "eyeball" friendly in case an human being actually looks it.1 page long. When some job candidates read this, they will think, "Guy is referring to the hoi polloi and unwashed masses, not me. I have ten years of experience at four different companies covering five different positions. My resume needs to be two--maybe even three--pages to adequately explain the totality of my wonderfulness. And the more I mention, the more the company might see things that they like." As a rule of thumb, if you can't pitch your company or yourself in one page, your idea is stupid and you suck respectively.
2 key points. Your resume (and interview) should communicate only two perhaps three key points. Key points include pertinent work experience, applicable education, or a love for what the company does. One key point is too few, and three is on the edge of too much.Employers also want to know about your accomplishments and results with previous employers. Include 3 to 4 bullets points of your results for each position.
3 sections. "Two key points" means that your resume should have only three sections: contact information, work experience, and educational background. This specifically excludes "objectives" (do you really think that a company cares what you want to be when you grow up?), "references upon request" (duh, of course you'll have to give references if you're asked), and "outside interests" (that Lamaze class training will come in really handy when he company stops delivering software by C-section, but not right now).If you include an "objective" on your resume make sure it is the job you are applying for. Outside interests are valuable if it's volunteer work or if you were a semi-pro baseball player and the company has a softball team. Your outside interests are conversation starters and may provide a common ground between you and the interviewer and differeniate you from a candidate with similar qualifications.
I agree with your comments. The 1 page long rule does not apply in many industries and if the individual is a contractor you will want to see the last 5 contracts they have been on and if they were successful projects.
For the 3 sections I highly disagree with this one. What about personality fit i.e. the company strongly supports charity and so does the candidate. How about personal development interests such as Toastmasters and other memberships.
I know Guy is a highly successful individual and I have never read Reality Check however I would be interested in learning how he qualifies applicants.
The best results i get are when a candidate has a brief summary of career experience at the top that is real stuff and not an objective. The only time an objective is germane is if there is a firm objective with the candidate unwilling to consider anything else. ie; Brain Surgeon with 12 years of experience looking for a position in Arizona only with opportunity to work with pediatric neurosurgery.
A big key to any resume is readability. A resume that is in bold our without paragraphs is almost never considered. Talking about accomplishments and tangible achievements is key.
I would enjoy seeing how Guy screens resumes as well. Maybe we will have to ask him:)
I agree completely that a resume is not the time to be modest. Your coments about the type of industry that you work within can really dictate the length of the resume.
Thanks for the comments
While our ATS parses resumes, I still look at the actual file for every candidate. I need to see the resume, what they did with their hands or how they utilized resources. That's what they believe I am looking at so I like to look at it. It's a way of treating the candidate like a person and not cattle.
So I'm calling #FAIL on Guy here, except in that case where he is the one you are sending your resume to.
We (and our clients) need to know what they sold, their achievment against quota, who they sold to, and how they ranked with the rest of the sales team. Just listing that for 3/4 jobs takes more than one page
I like a lot of what Guy Kawasaki has to say and respect his accomlishments but sometimes have to take some it with a grain of salt:)