Resumes – Space Management December 3, 2007Posted by Darth Sidious in Resumes.
When I’m reviewing resumes of Storm Troopers and Imperial Guards, I don’t care that they were security guards 10 years ago.
When you’re working on your resume, you only have a few seconds to capture interest of the reader, so every word has to count. And any word that doesn’t help you, definitely works against you. The reader is going to spend 60 seconds max looking at your resume on the initial assessment, so if it looks like they have to read a book their brain automatically gears to a higher level and tries to just scope for key words.
I.e., they’re not even going read all your words if there are too many – your resume is an advertisement as we’ve written before. You have 2 pages max to generate enough interest to cause them to call you in for more. So managing how you allocate those 2 pages is extremely important.
The key to that is focus on allocating more space for your current job, and the older the prior job is, the less space it gets. A lot of people make the mistake of trying to give each job equal weight, but this is a mistake. A hiring manager doesn’t really care what you did 2 jobs ago. Back then you were more junior and probably functioning in a different capacity – so unless you want to do that exact job again, do not allocate much space for it.
For jobs that are 10 years ago or older, you’re really just writing one or two lines… nothing more. Even if you’ve done something amazing, that’s great, but as the saying goes “what have you done for me lately?” Managers hire for what you’re currently capable of, not what you once did. So in your resume, those one or two lines for these old jobs point out those amazing things, but don’t go into any more detail.
Save the detail for your current position, because in the interview when asking about your experience, 90% of it will be related to your current position.