Write a Resume That Will Get You Noticed

Myth #1 — Your résumé must be one page long.

Reality — A two-page résumé can be just as effective as a one-page resume, if it’s interesting to read. And in highly technical fields, such as programming or biological research, you may need to write a resume of two-pages to tell your full story.

Avoid exceeding two pages when you edit a resume unless your situation absolutely demands it. A college president with 20+ years of experience might need a three-page résumé. The rest of us don’t.

Myth #2 — You shouldn’t use abbreviations in your résumé.

Reality — It’s perfectly acceptable to abbreviate words like “division” (div.), “department” (dept.), “company” (co.), “university” (univ.), etc. in order to save space. Just be sure you’re consistent — if you abbreviate a word one way, you should abbreviate it the same way again.

Myth #3 — Your résumé must list and describe every job you’ve ever had.

Reality — It’s OK to summarize earlier or irrelevant employment. For most people, it’s best to focus on experience since 1980-1985. Dates earlier than that can mark you as “over-qualified” or “over-paid,” depending on your industry. Just be sure to NEVER include false information. If you didn’t graduate from college, don’t claim a degree! Instead, you can say: “BA: Business coursework, Large State University (three years).”

Myth #4 — You should include references in your résumé.

Reality — NEVER include references in your résumé.


You want to have control over when your references are called. If you include them in your résumé, an employer can contact them without your knowledge. You won’t have time to prep them on the job you’re seeking and the questions they might be asked.

As a follow-up to this, it’s really understood that you have references (just as it’s understood that you dial “1” before making a long-distance call). You can use that space to talk more about how you can help an employer. So, delete this tired phrase from your résumé: “References available upon request.”

Myth #5 — If you write a résumé that is good enough, it should produce a job offer.

Reality — The aim of your résumé is not to get you a job directly, although that has happened with some of my clients. The aim is to write a résumé to make the phone ring (or your e-mail box fill up) and land you a job interview. It’s YOUR job to prepare for that interview and get the job offer.

Recruiting Tips: Finding the Right Job for You

Being able to select a job that will make you feel satisfied and content starts with you knowing exactly what you are looking for. You should make a detailed list of the attributes you are seeking and break that list into “have to have” and “like to have” characteristics. You should have this list in mind as you search for, apply to, interview with, and consider your offer packages for job opportunities.

Here are some quick and easy recruiting tips that will not only help guide you throughout the stressful Job Search process but will also help you find the perfect job for you.

1. Choose a job that will ultimately make you the happiest
Right Job Look at the entire job “package” and choose the job that fits best into the “have to have” and “like to have” list you have made. Choosing the position that will make you happy is a recruiting tip that not only has psychological benefits but also has health benefits due to lower levels of stress because you will be working in an environment that makes you feel satisfied and content.

2. Find a Job with Good Benefits
Benefits are something that most entry-level or less experienced job seekers often don’t seriously consider, however don’t underestimate how choosing a job with benefits important to you will go a long way in helping you be and stay satisfied.

3. Choose a Job with Opportunities for Advancement
You will likely want to find a job that provides an opportunity for promotion. Look for companies prepared to better equip you for the future via mentoring programs and training workshops targeted to hone your skills. You also want to make sure you choose a company that will complement your strengths.

4. Do Your Research
It is critical you as the job seeker research your potential future employers. If you fail to follow any of our other recruiting tips in this article, please pay attention to this one! What is the company culture? Is the company well respected within the industry and financially stable? Are the corporate values and codes of ethics in line with yours? Have there been any lawsuits, complaints, or accusations against the company, especially from former employees? Does the company offer a career path in alignment with your goals?

Another thing you should consider is the commute to and from work. It may seem like a non-issue at first, but a combination of high gas prices and rush-hour traffic will not only cut into your financial budget, but will impact your work-life. Commuting can potentially cause stress and irritate you before your day at the office even starts.