Guest post by Alicia Vanderschuere (learn more about the author at the end of the article):
In “10 Things to Delete from Your Resume Immediately,” Susan Gunelius provides good advice that is clearly written and to the point.
As principal of an executive recruiting firm, I review numerous résumés each day. Many of these résumés have, what I call, “non-value added content,” which often detracts from the most important purpose of a resume; to outline one’s professional experience and accomplishments.
Candidates often feel that if they don’t include everything, they will not present themselves effectively. The truth is that one can write a comprehensive résumé and keep it simple at the same time.
The advice I often give my candidates is to “read your resume through the eyes of the hiring manager.” Using this filter, it is easier to pare down the verbiage and focus on the details that matter most to the hiring manager– mainly, “how this candidate can provide value for my company.”
In today’s business environment, where information overload is ubiquitous, it is imperative to keep résumés clear, direct and uncluttered. It reads easier, highlights key skills better, and allows an individual’s talent to be showcased successfully.
My mantra, “Simplicity and Clarity is a Sign of Good Leadership, Good Focus and Good Business.”
About the Author
Vickie Rotante is Principal of Impera Executive Recruiters specializing in the consumer products market for the apparel, accessories and footwear industries, servicing middle management to C-level positions.