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The One Page Resume!

Today’s blog is going to address the old adage that a resume should never be longer than one page. What I am here to tell you is that this no longer applies or if it does with some organizations, it shouldn’t. Let me tell you why I believe this and you can agree or disagree with me as you see fit. There are two factors that I believe gave people the ability to limit their resume to one page, the first being the tenure they had in one job and the second the limited scope of responsibility. Today both of these factors no longer apply to most of us. The average person stays at their job for approximately 4.6 years which means that at least 6 position changes will be made over a 30 year career. The other variable that has changed is the scope of most jobs, today more than ever the normal job goes way beyond just what is on the description.
Between the increase in number of jobs and the responsibilities that these positions now encompass, it is quite difficult to keep the resume to a single page. If you find yourself going to that second page, have no fear but also no the limits and try to keep the resume as concise as possible. As a Recruiter and Hiring Manager I didn’t mind the resume exceeding 1 page but the length needs to be kept within reason!

Good luck in your job search and here’s to hoping this blog helps!

Regards,
John Greenblatt
CEO, Five Star Resume LLC

Why creating a professional e-mail address matters!

Countless times I have come across e-mailed resume submission’s with unprofessional e-mail addresses that are left over from when we were foolish teenagers. There is no need to dispose of these e-mail addresses that we have grown so fond of, but it is beneficial to create a professional e-mail address for the purpose of the job hunt. With all of the sites out there that let you create an e-mail address quickly and seamlessly, now is the time to get that professional e-mail address created. The best bet is to go with your first name, last name@xyz.com. Use this new e-mail address solely for the purpose of applying to jobs so that you can avoid the endless spam and junk mail to find the relevant e-mails.

Regards,
John Greenblatt
CEO, Five Star Resume LLC

GET TO THE INTERVIEW EARLY, BUT NOT TOO EARLY.

As someone that has interviewed over 1000 people by phone and in person I have always been a huge proponent of candidates showing up early. However at a certain point in my career I noticed that some candidates would show up to the interview extremely early. This may seem like a good idea but I assure you it is not. Why, do you ask? Well the reason may surprise you. As a hiring manager when a candidate shows up to early I was usually not prepared for them, most managers have tight schedules and have these appointments scheduled at a specific time for a reason. The response to this by most candidates to this is that they know they are early and do not mind waiting, which is fine, but the hiring manager knows you are waiting for an extended period of time and may start to feel guilty. So what does it all mean? It means that you have already made the hiring manager feel guilty for making you wait and a little upset that they felt forced to try and hurry what they were doing all before you met with them . Not the best start!

The recommendation here is to get to the interview no more than 10 – 15 minutes early and if you are in the area earlier find a way to kill time. Bring a book to read in the car, go to a coffee shop or take a walk but I reiterate do not get to the interview extremely early!

Regards,
John Greenblatt
CEO, Five Star Resume LLC

Your resume should be a dynamic document

Have you ever decided that its time to start getting your resume out there and notice that you haven’t put any of your experience from the last few years on it. Then you sit there and try to recall all of the tasks and responsibilities you have had over those last few years. Most of us know that this can prove to be a difficult task because our jobs usually consist of many tasks and responsibilities. There is a solution to this problem and it does require some diligence on your end. Your resume needs to be a dynamic document, which means that it is constantly changing and evolving. When you start a new job, are asked to take on a new responsibility, or required to learn a new system, it needs to go on your resume while it is fresh on your mind. I have found myself in the difficult position of trying to recall a task that I did years prior to updating my resume and usually it does not get put into context as well as it could have been if it was updated immediately. So what I ask is that you continuously manage your resume and make sure that the content is fresh regardless of whether or not you are looking for a new career at the current time!

Regards,
John Greenblatt
CEO, Five Star Resume LLC