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5 Signs Your Resumé is Passé

5 Signs Your Resumé is Passé

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

September 16, 2009

The workplace is not what it was five years ago. Neither is the job hunt.

The most successful candidates are those who are ready and willing to adapt to a changing landscape. But it doesn’t matter how ready you are for the modern workplace if your resumé’s straight out of 1994.

And sometimes, it’s the most minute details that make all the difference.

Does your resumé speak to the modern hiring manager? Or does it need a serious makeover?
Your resumé might be passé if…

#1: You’ve forced it to fit onto one page

You’ve reduced your font size to eight, eliminated margins altogether and left out key information about yourself, all to conform to that age-old “one page resumé” rule. Big mistake. After all, would a recent college grad really need the same amount of resumé real estate as someone who’s been in the workforce for 20 years? Of course not.

Don’t get me wrong: Your resumé should be concise. Recruiters are busy people – they don’t have time or the patience for long-winded career chronologies. But if your experience warrants two pages, by all means, don’t limit yourself to one.

#2: You list an objective

Of course you’re looking to gain more experience in the field/sector/type of company to which you’re applying. Your interest in the job implies that. Do you really need to say it at the very top of your resumé?

At this point in the selection process, hiring managers are far more interested in what you can do for them than what they can do for you.

If you want to explain why you’re applying for the job, say so in your cover letter. Resumé space is far too valuable to waste on information that is both redundant and inconsequential.

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    Mary_Ellen

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Great information! I had my resume in a PDF, however I had recruiter requests for me to send them a Word copy? Why would they want it in Word? Anything going on with recruiters that we should be aware of?

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    msroz8

    over 4 years ago

    18 comments

    Adding an objective can depend of the company you are applying for such as the U.S Gov't. I've read a few books about landing jobs with local and Federal Government agencies and they advise the job seekers to include an objective. It makes it easier for the HR department to pinpoint what position the seeker is looking for.

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    Lotsatransitions

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    PDF only get large when you add images and designs, colors etc. they don't get you the job, (unless your a graphic artist) don't use them, think substance not pretty

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    Lotsatransitions

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Wow after reading some of these posts I am wondering if some of you are who you are saying your are? Resume experts who can spell in their posts? I am unaware of a PDF doc that can be changed after uploading that is why you use the format. If they are scanning it into their system to grab info and can't do it, it might be time to find a new place to post? And if they are going to "grab" your info then it would be best to use Word and they would probably tell you that on their page. That's what I have seen. I have used Word when required but totally agree with the author, many times business editions of Word that are opening your resume will mess with formatting etc. When I don't have to use Word I DON'T PDF protects my formatting and look. I understand the recruiters need, keep it simple and not "flowery" this will keep the size down, and what you can do for them will get you the job.

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    JerryGJones

    over 4 years ago

    62 comments

    These are some good tips, but as for the WORD document no-no, every place I have submitted a resume to has asked for a WORD document, not a PDF document. I think Tania has not gotten into the job application market for a while, if she did, she would know that almost all employers ask for WORD documents. PDF files very large files and, although it is neater, employers prefer WORD documents.

    As for the chronological order of past jobs, a lot of employers ask for your chronological list, even if they don't pertain to the job you are applying to. If you leave jobs out, the employer will question what the gap in time is and may not bother with your resume.

    I think the job-search articles on this site should be written by someone who is actively searching for jobs, and not someone who is NOT out there experiencing the TRUE job-search world. You write good articles Tania, but as you can see from the replies, you don't really have a grasp on what really goes on in the job-searching world.

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    traderted50

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    Some good ideas. I have found that many positions request you send your resume in Word Format. Additionally, most employment sites, i.e., Monster, Career Builder, etc. require you to post your resume in the MW format. I was only displaying my most recent experience (in my case eleven years as a production and shipping supervisor) and kept my career experience on a seperate page which would be submitted at a later stage in the hiring process only to be told that I needed to include my entire employment history when I submitted my resume. I have rarely, if ever, had to send a resume in PDF format. On the ocassions that I have attempted to do so, hiring department representatives have sent back my submission requesting it be sent either copied to the face of an e mail or as an attachement in MW format. In fact when I first installed MW 2007 I received quite a few requests to revert to MW 93 to 2006 format as there system was not set up to receive the newer format....

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    abe_diaz

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Recruiters require Word format resume so that they can add their company logo, and contact information and strip your personal contact information before sending your resume to their clients.

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    cedstr

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    PDF can be fine as an attachment (If they don't specify word) - But some systems that upload your attachment will use different characters in your resume. Several times after I load up my PDF resume, I had to review and retype several misspelled words (misspelled by the upload). - Verify, validate, confirm your information once uploaded.

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    magbani

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I DON'T KNOW WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ,BECAUSE OF MY STUDYING AND EDUCATION IN MILITARY , I COULD NOT GET HIRED , I HAVE BACH IN MILITARY AND DIPLOMA FROM USA .
    I AM LOOKING FOR A JOB WITCH IS MATCHING MY EXPERIENCES AS AN OFFICER SERVED
    24 YEARS IN ARMY IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS .
    ANY WAY I HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION:
    WHY WHEN THEY KNOW THAT THE PERSON HAD BEEN SERVED IN ARMY THEY RUN AWAY ?

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    Tessa

    over 4 years ago

    14 comments

    I work for teh EDd and am sconisdered to be a resume writing specialist. I have researched this extensively and disagree with the author of this article. Not everyone has PDF writer or can use PDF if on a public computer. EDD for example does not even have Word on our lobby computers so people are sending resumes in their email that they copied and pasted usually from a Word document or Monster or Caljobs website. Employers still want to see chronological resumes, I have spoken to many HR managers and gaps in employment usually mean trouble in employers minds so leaving off irrelevant employment and thus creating a gap is not advised at all. I also know that many ATS systems need a objective to find out what position the person is applying for and then can bring up the job order and search for the keywords that job order requires to see if the person matches. i agree sentences that say "Seeking a job that will allow me to use skills and abilities" is very passe. However objective means what position are you applying for. I have seen on some professional resumes the word Target replacing objective but you do not mention that in the article. Look at info online by Pat Kendall a Nationally Ceritifed Resume Writer in Advanced Resumee Concepts or Kennedy in her book The Electronic Resume Revolution.

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    kondolojy

    almost 5 years ago

    16 comments

    Because my education was in the U.S.A, during undergraduate study , Learning Center hired me as a tutor to help students, i work there for two years(West Virginia institute of technology), in graduate study i was appointed assistant instructor and then full time instructor in the University of Maryland.

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    Tessa

    almost 5 years ago

    14 comments

    Objective in resume language really means What position are you applying for in the 21st century not goal in life which many people interpret it to mean. I work for the Employment Dvlopment Department and have been told by people In Human Resources who use scanners that a specific title only objective is needed in large databases to tell the computer what position the person is applying for so that the job order can then be brought up and then matched by the keywords. In some cases it is even recommended to put objective and the job requisition number. I agree no sentences telling a employer that you want to fins a job that will allow you to utilizie your skills and abilities is very passe and personally nauseating to me to read. It show no creativity or individuality just a old coopied sentence some temp agency ca,me up iwth in the early 80's and is still unfortunatly being taught to use by other people in my agency and in the General Relief offices and Worksource Centers. It is a sentence that some employers have told me gets a resume int he trash faster than anything. If it is not telling the employer the title of the position you are applying for it is a waste of space.

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    japparker

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    It certainly is good advice to attach a resume to email as a PDF document. However, there are several impediments to successful transmission of PDF docs. It is important to keep the size of the document in KB (preferably) sufficiently small. This will ensure that the document will pass through any network size limitations. Also, some employers are specifying that the resume be attached or uploaded as a Word document (doc or docx). I am not sure why - it may be for computer scanning purposes. At any rate, use PDF wherever you can but be sure to comply with the requirements of the prospective employer.

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