Robert Patterson joins us today as our special guest blogger. Robert is the author of Five Steps to C.A.L.M.: Career and Life Management. Having spent many years in the corporate world and several at a management level, when I heard about Robert's book my mind instantly wandered to resumes. Now that I've been a stay-at-home mother for five years, I wondered what, if anything, had changed in creating resumes; so I asked Robert to discuss resumes and the top five mistakes job seekers make when drafting their resumes.
Readable Format Resumes
Have resumes changed in the last five years? No.
Are they better now? No.
Are they more creative? A little.
Is that good? No.
If you want to know how to create and use a resume that will do the job for you, you've already bought the right book. It's not the most expensive, but the information is the right stuff, and you'll not find it anywhere else--as far as we know.
Here's where they go wrong:
Mistake #1. They use the wrong typeface-usually a sans serif one--so the resume becomes 75 percent less readable.
Mistake #2. They use the wrong layout; they write across the page, instead of in a narrower column, so that the resume becomes less readable.
Mistake #3. They use even or straight margins on both the right and left sides (instead of a ragged or uneven; margin on the right side, which is much better). The result is that the computer gains control of your all-important spacing, and the resume becomes less readable.
Mistake #4. They crowd everything into, one or two pages because someone told you that "no one will read it if it's; longer than one or two pages."
The corrected statement is this: "No one will read it-if it is not readable."
A crowded resume is much less readable.
Mistake #5. They spend hundreds of dollars on hiring a professional to write the resume for them, instead of taking the time and the care to prepare 90 percent of their resumes themselves. If you prefer, when you have completed 90 percent of the work, you can go to the professional, for much less money, to have either her or him put a finishing touch on it, to make suggestion, or to print it.
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