You Don't Have to Include Everything on Your Resume

You Don't Have to Include Everything on Your Resume
From Recruiter - September 8, 2016

As a certified professional resume writer, Ive noticed that one mistake a lot of jobseekers make is trying toincludeeverything on their resumes. Of course, it is important to include pertinent qualifications, achievements, and so on, but you dont have to cram every single detail of your professional life intoyour resume.

This may sound counterintuitive, but including less information on your resume may sometimes be better than oversharing. You certainly dont want to end up with a vague and unimpressive document, butif your resume repeats the same duties for multiple positions over and over again, a recruiter or hiring managers eye will start to skim over the details. Theyll be less interested in your documentand, by extension, you.

The goal of a resume is to impress the reader with your skills and entice them to learn more about you, presumably through an interview. If your resume simply repeats itselfover and over, the reader wont be impressed or intriguedtheyll be bored. If this happens, it is likely that the recruiter or hiring manager will decide to go with adifferent candidateperhaps even someone with the same qualifications but a more interesting resume.

Get Creative WithYour Language

Often, people hold similar roles throughout their careers, which is why so many people find themselves with repetitive resumes. What you should be doing instead is highlighting the differences between each role while notingyour various achievements in each position. You may have had the same role at three different companies, but it is very unlikely that you handled the exact same tasks without any variationat every single job.

For example, consider an administrative assistants resume. Administrative assistants often have very similar job duties, regardless of for whom they are working. To add some variation to a resume, all an administrative assistant has to do is switch up their wording and phrasing when describing similar responsibilities.

For example:

1. Office manager handling in- and outbound phone calls, serving as first point of contact forclient inquiries, and resolving minor disputes.

2. Client relations specialist serving to engage clients over the phone, answer any questions, resolve problems, and direct calls to the correct point of contact.

These two examples describe essentially the same job duties, but the unique wordingmakes the descriptions seem different.


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