A Resume Killer: Too Much Detail!

11 Nov

Article Title: A Resume Killer: Too Much Detail!
Author Byline: Cathy Eng, CARW, Owner of Resume Rocketeer, Inc.
Author Website: http://www.resumerocketeer.com

It is a common misconception that if you have a great resume it will win you the job you want. While that is a great, optimistic outlook, it is not always the case. Your resume simply serves the purpose of getting your foot in the door for an interview.

To that, you only have 10 to 30 seconds to get a hiring manager’s attention before they move on. So, it makes sense to create the most concise, captivating piece of literature they pick up that day.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to give a high-level synopsis of skills, experiences, and accomplishments, as opposed to a lengthy, super-detailed review of your job and education history. Accomplishments are too often buried in unnecessary detail. Giving less detail creates the opportunity to focus to accomplishments and makes the hiring manager interested in learning more about you. Then, once you score the interview, you can expand on your information.

One of the worst offenders of the “too much detail” offense is to have responsibility-driven bullets. For example, if you are applying for an accounting job, there is no need to spout the obvious; they assume that you can create a balance sheet, handle debits and credits, operate QuickBooks, etc. What they want to know is what kind of measurable results you have created, how you have innovated your previous positions, and what you can offer over and above your competition.

Here is an example of a bullet that cuts out unnecessary detail (also adding more relevant detail) and focuses on accomplishments to add impact:

Before:

* Managed top-selling team to conduct incoming and outgoing calls, handle customer service requests, update inventory system, fill orders, issue receipts, create reports, and follow up on customer complaints.

After:

* Led team of eight to company’s top sales position by executing stellar customer service deliverables from order fulfillment to issue resolution.

While each of the tasks listed in the first bullet are essential to a customer service job, these experiences are more or less expected and mundane. Bringing the more impressive information to the beginning (led team of eight, top sales positioning) and then highlighting a couple more impactful tasks (order fulfillment, issue resolution) makes the bullet more concise and impressive.

When you have such a short amount of time to get a hiring manager’s attention, these details make all the difference. Give your resume some punch and you will be one step closer to the job you want!

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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