Your Top 3 Common Resume Questions, Answered

2017-12-15 by Samantha

Your Top 3 Common Resume Questions, Answered

Before you even meet your future employer or have your first interview, they will most likely see your resume first. This is why a well-crafted resume is their first impression of you. How much attention to detail you have paid, and the particular skills you have will be obvious and outlined in your resume.

Here are a few common questions asked about creating one’s resume:

1. How Much Can I Bend the Truth on My Resume?

The Resume Liars Club list is an actual case study of this question. According to the researchers, 33 percent of employees who have crafted resumes have included false statements or left out a significant truth. Of course, employers usually know better than to hastily look over resumes and make snap decisions. Nowadays, it’s easy to Google your name and find out other details about you and your past.

In short, lying is never worth it. Former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson would know — he was caught telling half-truths about his degrees and had to deal with major consequences.

2. What Is the Ideal Length for a Resume?

This depends, of course, on your job and career history. If you are a fresh grad, you may not have a lot of experience to speak of. But sometimes, the content may just not be relevant to the job you are aiming for. So this depends on what you as a job candidate need to present. The important things to include are, of course, work and educational background, plus any degrees, credentials, and diplomas or certificates you have earned over time. Many employers do not need to know your height or marital status, and sometimes you do not need to include personal details such as this.

3. Should I Use “Keywords” in My Resume? Why Are They So Important?

Nowadays, electronic resumes are usually sent out but also posted on social work sites such as LinkedIn, where professionals can find job hunters and vice versa. Having those keywords enables those utilizing the resume scanning features of the internet. You are more likely to be found in searches or automated matching apps that recruiters use when posting job leads. It is an excellent strategy to maximize your resume’s keyword density when crafting your resume. Think about the words that your future interviewer or employer might be Googling when looking for new job prospects. Then rethink your current strategy and write your resume accordingly.

On a last note: If you are a person of many talents or a creative trying to break into different careers or even working as a freelancer, it’s a good idea to have several different types of resumes tailored to different corporations.

Why? Because you can highlight certain educational details in some or focus on particular achievements in the others. What is important is that your resume reflects the position you want to have with your ideal company and that it speaks for itself without you having to explain things further. Clear and concise, and what your employer wants to see — this is what will get their attention.

Taking time to efficiently craft and build your resume is not time wasted. Check out some more tips for building that resume, and even ways to make it stand out among thousands of others in the corporate workforce. Our templates and tools for crafting better resumes are sure to get you hired faster!

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