Rolebot’s Top 5 & 5: Demystifying the Resume

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February 3, 2021

Spoiler Alert: We’re going to say something that’s very uncontroversial

–Creating a resume is a stressful exercise and may cause some anxiety. To put a ‘resume’ in perspective, it’s supposed to be a concise synopsis of who we are and where we’re going.

The most important thing to remember when writing or updating your resume: the resume is the 1st impression. It does not need to include the entire kitchen sink. Remember the average recruiter or hiring manager spends 6 seconds or less reviewing a resume for the first time. It needs to be refined, intentional and memorable.

5 Suggestions

  • We must stand out! Highlight items on your resume that truly set you apart from another person who would have similar job titles, experience.

  • Resume should clearly list the names of your employer (not the staffing agency that placed you), ideally the months + years you worked for a specific employer, and the job titles you held, including multiple jobs at any one company. Showing career progression is a good thing. Education + degree is also preferred.

  • The acceptable amount of bullet points under each job should be 2–5. The number should equate with the number of years spent in each role. If you spend more than 5 years, then the max number of bullet points should be 5. More than that is overkill.

  • The biggest differentiator under each job is your accomplishments — highlight them at the top.

  • Get the employer excited and leave them wanting to know more — that’s what lands you the interview.

5 Avoidances

  • Avoid sharing graduation dates from college or high school. Age discrimination bias exists, it’s best to avoid inadvertently sharing how old you are if you can help it.

  • Resumes should be black & white; Avoid adding colors, graphics, or intricate designs. Simple is Ideal.

  • Omit your home address, that’s too much info and security concern. If you choose to share, City & State is perfectly fine + email and cell number if comfortable.

  • Avoid Day to Day duties that another person in your same role also does; For example, if you’re a receptionist, it’s well-known that you are answering phones (and not necessary to include), what responsibilities and tasks do you own outside of what is assumed, that’s what will make you stand out.

  • Avoid long descriptions or sentences, keep bullet points to 1–2 lines max, use actionable language and examples to highlight your experiences.

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