"5 Arguments About Resume Writing"
by Kit Samuels--Professional Resume Writer
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Over the years, whether it’s been by email, phone, and even good old-fashioned postal mail, I’ve been asked plenty of questions about resume writing. One afternoon, while sipping on a bottle of Green Machine, the light bulb came on, and I decided to throw together my own Q&A article.

Thing is, I’ve read lots of these Q&A articles on resume writing, so I decided to give my own article a slight twist. Some of the questions asked were actually worded more like arguments. In other words, some people really believed that they already had the right answers, and their question actually sounded more like a debate. So here we go, 5 of the most common questions—umm, arguments, about resume writing I’ve ever heard:

Resume Writing Argument #1: Why should I be specific about the job I’m applying for? Wouldn’t it be better to be more generalized—seems like I’d get a lot more job offers that way, instead of narrowing things down to one single job position.

It might seem like you would, but you really wouldn’t. Without making it absolutely clear what position you’re applying for, employers would have no idea what you were looking for. As overwhelmed with applicants as they probably are, they’re not going to take the time to sift through your resume and try to solve that puzzle. So always be specific—if you’re applying for a position as a graphic designer, then be sure to say so with a clean, straightforward objective. Here’s an example:

Objective: A position as a graphic designer where over 7 years of creativity and marketing savvy can lead to more successful projects and smoother operations.

Resume Writing Argument #2: Shouldn’t my resume always be squeezed onto one single page? That’s what I’ve heard, that it should never go past 1 page.

That actually depends. It seems like resumes that are under 10 years of experience can almost always be fit onto 1 page. But if you’re between 10-15 years of experience or more, with a great list of skills, achievements, quotes from satisfied supervisors/managers, an impressive education, and all of this great stuff comes out to two pages, then go for it. It makes no sense to purposely chop off some of this platinum information, just for the sake of creating a simple 1-page resume.

So if your resume comes out to two pages, there’s no need to sweat…that is, as long as you have a valid reason for having two pages. And if you’re worried about a page being lost, just be sure to place your contact information on the 2nd page also, at the very top in a small, #8 sized font.

Resume Writing Argument #3: Why shouldn’t I use a flood of big words? They make you sound intelligent, don’t they?

Well sure, if you’re some classic old professor at Harvard looking down your glasses at your students or a star of the old HBO show Deadwood. Too many people equate the use of big words with intelligence. The thing is, use and utilize mean the same thing. So does manage and superintend. If you have something great and beneficial to say, say it. Clearly. Try not to hide behind a charade of expansive vocabulary. Believe me, your great skills and achievements don’t need to be padded with large words.

Resume Writing Argument #4: I’m always hearing and reading, “don’t just describe a list of job duties.” Okay, but they’re what I did on the job—why shouldn’t I describe them?

I’ve seen way too many resumes with a bunch of boring, dried out list of job duties. In other words, things that just about anyone who’s qualified for the position can do. Face it, things like “organizing and distributing information about company policies,” “answering questions and directing calls,” and “filing,” aren’t individual achievements.

It’s no crime to place these things on your resume, but they shouldn’t take up the majority of your resume. What makes your resume stand out are your unique accomplishments. Perhaps you figured a way to cut overhead costs. If so, by how much? Or what about the new marketing idea you developed, that ended up increasing sales? When describing your achievements, just try your best to be specific. Use numbers & percentages—they give a huge boost to your credibility. Here’s a good example:

**Composed monthly newsletter (too generalized)
**Created and edited “Parent’s Voice,” a monthly newsletter published by Alpha School, which helped to raise enrollment amount from 38 to 46 students.

Resume Writing Argument #5: Why shouldn’t I place “References Available Upon Request” on my resume? They’re available, so shouldn’t I remind them of that?

No, you don’t have to. I’m pretty sure that any employer/recruiter with a lick of sense knows that you have references, and will ask for them. It’s not necessary for you to remind them what to do. Plus, that’s valuable space on your resume that could be used for “Additional Information.”

Well, there you go…any one else have any interesting questions about resume writing? Just email me at kit@ksresumes.com. I can always create a sequel to this article!

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