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Resume Writing—Myths and Facts

There’s no clear-cut formula to resume writing. It must be unique, but follow a certain set of rules. You’ll want to outline your own skills while adhering to other useful guidelines that will help yours be number one. How is this possible? Our list of resume myths and facts will help you narrow in on what’s important and focus your strengths where they need to go.

Myth—Your resume must be written in chronological order.
Fact—You can format your resume to tell your personal story—regardless of when it happened. Include the most relevant experience at the top or in a place where it will get enough attention, even if it’s not your most recent experience.

Myth—Your resume can only be one-page long.
Fact—If you work hard, your resume should show it—even if that means it’s a little longer than one page. Plus, on a job search database, you’ll have more keywords that stand out. However, don’t fill space just to fill it. Length definitely doesn’t equal qualification. So the answer to the question “how many pages should a resume be?” is always going to be “it depends on whose resume is being written”.

Myth—A good resume has a summary or mission at the top.
Fact—Unless you believe the objective in a resume is going to make an employer more excited about what you bring to the job, you don’t need this. Consider using this space to show your personality as it relates to your career goals.

Myth—A unique email will make you stand out.
Fact—A resume should be interesting but still professional. Ditch the complicated and gimmicky email for something simple and straightforward. Also, iamtheboss@yahoo.com might’ve killed it in high school, but it’s time to swap that out for a professional address. Try using your first and last name, i.e., JohnTreemont22@gmail.com.

Myth—Unique and interesting things don’t belong on a resume.
Fact—Your resume should tell your story. If you do things like volunteer or act in your spare time, you’ve probably gained a few skills in those categories. Find a tactful way to include this into your resume so it relates to the job you’re applying to. Give the reader a chance to get to know you better!

Myth—Be literal and don’t use fancy language.
Fact—Use active and engaging language to highlight your accomplishments. Numbers will break up the sea of words in your resume and catch the reader’s eye. For example: “Reduced labor 5% in 3 months by monitoring time sheets.”

Myth—Only reference the roles included in your job title.
Fact—If you worked as a cashier but also managed cash and inventory, don’t sell yourself short! Explain your hard work to the reader so they understand all of your accomplishments.

Myth—You should use different colors and fonts to make your resume stand out
Fact—Use one font size, limited bolding and italics, and standard black ink. A flashy resume might be eye catching, but the minute you upload it somewhere the formatting will go crazy and you’ll be overlooked.

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