Resumes

Resumes are one of the things in life that scare me. In my humble opinion, resumes are stupid. Why you ask? They are stupid because you tell the world how good and special you are. How prideful must one get to write down all their accomplishments on a piece of paper? Personal unsupported feelings aside, these are the things from my research that make a good resume.

Step 1: Include the most important information at the top of your page.

Employers/reviewers spend less than 30 seconds looking over a resume the first time. To even be considered, something has to check their eye. Humans are wired to get bored with something the longer they do it (as long as they don’t love that thing). Reviewers get extremely bored looking over resume after resume; thus, the best approach to take is to put your most important information where the reviewer is most likely to see it – the top.

Step 2: Make your resume clear, concise, and free of grammatically errors.

This one should go without saying, but I’ll include it anyway. Like the papers we are supposed to write in school, resumes should be clear. Make titles distinct and don’t write in paragraph form. Paragraphs tend to be glossed over whereas points are much easier to read. If the resume is too long, and not concise, the reviewer will get bored and skim over all the words. Grammatical errors are simply unprofessional and make an applicant unprofessional.

Step 3: List accomplishments in jobs not jobs.

Reviewers are apparently more concerned with what you did in a job, and how it was done. Therefore, just listing all your professions since age six isn’t good enough. An applicant has to say how they led in each job, or what difference they made in their job.

And one final piece of advice: remember one type of resumes doesn’t fit all jobs. Make sure your resumes are personalized to the job you are applying to. In the words of a high school student that read a few online articles, if you do these things jobs will fall into your lap.

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4 thoughts on “Resumes

  1. Hey Drew, you did a good job outlining some of the most important aspects of a good résumé, as well as doing so in a concise yet effective way. I also really liked how easy it is to hear your voice through your writing and how you have no reservations about letting the reader know what you think of résumés.

    Improvements: While I like how you state your opinion in your first paragraph and give reason for it, I think that you could make it more connected/make it flow better into the rest of what you have to say b/c the transition from your intro to the rest of the post seems abrupt.

    Awesome post 🙂

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  2. Drew, your post was very well written. With a prompt like this it’s hard to keep a reader engaged but you managed to do so; it was clear and concise yet explained thoroughly.
    Granted the prompt is little uninteresting, but try make your intro stronger by not discrediting the subject of your post, this can make the reader feel unsure about reading the rest of the post.
    Otherwise, good job 🙂

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  3. Drew, this post is very funny and relatable. I especially enjoyed your last sentence, which is memorable and witty. Separating the post into steps is effective and easy to follow. Your advice is potent and practical; well done. My only issue with this article is that I can tell you were forced to write it and did not enjoy the process. You evidently don’t care at all about the topic; you actually think resumes are “stupid” and “scary”. If you don’t believe in the importance of what you are writing, the reader definitely won’t. Granted, it’s difficult to write about a topic that doesn’t inspire you. But since you have to answer the prompt anyways, you may as well do your best. At least pretend that your post is worthy of reading. From the second line, I already thought that reading your post was a waste of time. It really wasn’t a waste of time; you have great advice, but because of the way you set up the article, my mindset was already negative. Sorry if that’s a little harsh 🙂 You have valuable things to say, and writing is never a waste of time!!

    ~Katie

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  4. Dear Drew, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. You give realistic advice about resumes that are easy to understand which makes the post more holistic and enjoyable to read. I also appreciated the organization of this post. Separating it into steps makes it easy to follow which grabs the readers attention for longer periods. However, I don’t think you gave much effort into this post. It almost feels like an assignment was given to you and you had to write about it ;). If you gave a little more passion and intensity to your writing, I think it would make it overall better. Other than that, well done.

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