Creating a resume that clearly differentiates you from the competition can sometimes feel a bit daunting. Questions around what to include, how to structure the content, and how to make the biggest impact are all common when working on building a resume that best showcases your accomplishments and skills.
We’ve addressed the most commonly asked resume-related questions below.
Q: Can I have a two-page resume?
A: If you have 10+ years of experience, you can consider going to a two-page resume.
Q: If I am targeting two different functional areas, should I have two different resumes?
A: Yes. Remember, a resume should target a specific job or functional area. You are best served by having a resume that includes language, skills, and accomplishments most relevant to the area you are targeting.
Q: If I am a career changer, should I still use a chronological format resume?
A: In general, it is recommended to use a chronological format. However, if you are a career changer, you may want to consider a functional or combination resume.
Q: Should I include my GPA?
A: As a general rule, if your GPA is extremely high (3.8 or above) you should consider including it. This is especially important if you are targeting an industry such strategy or consulting where GPAs are important. Otherwise, most recruiters are not concerned with this statistic.
Q: Should I have an “objective” section at the top of my résumé?
A: No. This takes up valuable real estate on the page. Your objective is assumed to be landing your desired position at the company to which you are sending your résumé.
Q: Should I include an “interests” section or have personal information in my resume?
A: This one is up to you. If you need to fill space and/or have some interesting things to say, include it. Good examples would be community involvement, athletic accomplishment, awards or honors, publications, or other things that help bring you to life as a candidate (or are relevant to your desired position). Caution: Be sure and leave off personal information (religion, family status, etc.) as this is not considered appropriate for a resume.
Q: How important is it that I show a concentration?
A: In general, it is very important. Since your education goes at the top of the resume, this is one of the first things a recruiter will look for. It is also one of the quickest and easiest ways to signal your desired career direction to a future employer.
Q: How do I order things for greatest impact?
A: The first bullet points should be the most powerful and relevant. Be intentional about the order of things, stating your best, proudest, most impressive information first.
Q: I can’t quantify my results. What should I do?
A: Where you can quantify, you should do so. Even if you don’t have hard numbers, it is a good idea to describe the outcome in terms of benefit gained, time saved, etc. You do not need to quantify every statement.
For additional insights into how to create a resume that stands out above the competition, view this blog post.