Deciding On Length
Some regions prefer one page
resumes while others prefer two page resumes. Here in Washington, the
Greater Seattle area, many employers prefer a one page resume. However,
a woman who conducts job search workshops in New York for hundreds of
job seekers each week, told me that it is standard that almost everyone
there use a two page resume. She said that only the most inexperienced
people can get away with a one page resume. So take in your region’s
preferences when deciding upon a one page or a two page resume.
As a professional resume writer, I’ve written over
4,000 resumes for job seekers with incomes from $15,000 to $200,000.
While the majority of my clients want one page resumes, about 25% of my
clients need two page resumes because they have extensive work
experience. Also, job seekers with extensive technical skills,
education, presentations, publications or association affiliations
often need a two page resume. Generally, job seekers in the $24,000
range and below, do well with a one page resume - however - that’s not
a hard and fast rule.
The important thing to remember when creating a
two page resume is to make sure that your top selling points are
highlighted on the first page of your resume. If the front page doesn’t
hook employers--they may never turn to the second page of your resume.
If you create a one page resume you need to make
sure that you don’t omit important data just because you are trying to
squeeze everything onto one page. If you aren’t sure about the correct
length, create two versions of your resume - a one page and a two page
version. Then graph the image created by each resume (refer to our
first workshop which shows you how to graph the image created by your
resume - click here for that workshop). Then decide which version
presents the strongest image of your skills and is the best match for
the job, salary and level of responsibility you are seeking.
If you go onto a second page, put your most
important jobs, job titles or skill groups on your first page. Then on
the second page list less important information such as education,
association membership, computer skills, and a compressed work history.
Then test your resume. If you get a great
response, keep it as it is. If you get a poor response go back through
all the workshops in this website and revise your resume until you do
get the response you want!
$9,000 Salary Increase
first resume workshop in this site shows how Fran's after resume
resulted in a $9,000 salary increase.
Fran wanted a $33,000 Corporate Customer
Representative job but her resume created an image of her being at a
$20,000 to 24,000 salary level -- that's $9,000 to $13,000 beneath her
Level Does Your Resume Market You At?
you are curious to see what level your resume is marketing you at …
then be sure to read and use the graphing techniques in my first
graphing the job titles used in Fran's resume it's easy to see why her
resume failed … and once you understand this … you will understand why
the majority of resumes fail. You'll
then understand how to analyze your job titles and see if you are
better off using them or replacing them with skill headings that market
you more effectively.
Most People Have Job
Titles that Weaken Their Image
estimate that at least 85% of all job seekers have job titles unrelated
to their current career goals … and that they are much better off using
skill headings rather than job titles to land higher salaries and
double and triple their interview rates.
For example, Fran had been a
Directory Operator but in most people's minds that doesn't sound like
she's at the level of a Corporate Customer Representative making
$33,000 … that's because most people don't view directory operators as
providing true customer service. Most
people say that Directory Operator sounds like someone making only
by using the 12 Questions in my Proven Resumes Series, Fran wrote a new
description of her duties as a Directory Operator that described her
being selected out of 100 Directory Operators to provide specialized
Customer Service to the Governor's Office and Political Dignitaries in
the Washington State Capitol … now that information begins to change
our image of Fran doesn't it? That
makes her sound much more like someone being able to command $33,000.
Which sounds like a better
match for the $33,000 Corporate Customer Service Representative goal…
her old job title of Directory Operator
… or a skill heading like Customer Service
Representative to State of Washington Account.
In Fran's actual resume we used the heading of
Customer Service Representative but you can see how you can play with
skill headings to control and elevate your image … this is one strategy
I explain in detail with examples throughout my book, Proven Resumes:
Strategies That Have Increased Salaries, and one of the strongest
things I can offer you as a resume writer … just in case you don't have
the time or patience to write your own.
from 0% to 100% Interview Rate
using skill headings that matched her goal, Fran went from a 0%
interview rate to a 100% interview rate -- meaning none of her prior
resumes had landed an interview but her new resume landed an interview
for each position she applied for.
Click here to learn
other ways we improved Fran's resume and landed her a job paying $9,000
more click here to read my
first set of resume workshops! If you've entered my site via this
page, be sure to go to my home page for an overview of more than 60 Free Resume &
Job Search Workshops that include tons of Resume
Tips for 45 Career Fields, Job Search, Electronic Resume, Cover Letter,
Interviewing, Networking and Confidence Building strategies.
The testimonials at the top of
this page and throughout my site describe salary increases ranging from
$10,000 to $30,000 and more. Here's
one of my most recent ones: