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SOME Answers to Those Resume Questions

Q. Is it true my resume should only be one page long? A. Yes AND No. A shorter resume is easier to assess (not easier to write) is focused on only relevant facts and can demonstrate a candidates skills quickly. If you are a consultant who has worked on many projects then clients want to see some details, successes and experience from all of those projects ... which can lead to very long resumes. So the real answer is to understand what works in your situation ... work with a recruiter and get some advice! Q. I hear that video resumes are a new "thing", should I be considering one? A. Video resumes are not really that new, however there is some merit in having them, particularly if you are applying for roles remotely. IF you build a video resume I would suggest having a traditional one too, and asking what the recruiter wants. Also, a poor quality video resume won't do you any favors. Get some advice/help if you head down that path. Q. What are the big "faux pas" that you see in resumes? A. Spelling/grammatical errors, missing information, "generic" resumes that are used for multiple roles (eg Project Leader and/or Business Analyst roles). Resumes should be "selling documents" and too often they don't sell the skills, experience and attributes of their owner. I thought you might get a kick out of the following infographic that one of my colleagues shared ... thanks Sam!   Infographic giving advice about what makes a good resume ----------------------------------------------- Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company). Want to know where Canada's hot jobs are? Visit the Eagle Job Centre! Gain a competitive edge! Join Eagle's Executive Consulting Network! Have you tried Eagle's (very cost effective) VirtualRecruiter service? -----------------------------------------------