Dear Lifehacker, I recently was recommended for a position and was asked to send off my resume to a recruitment agency followed by a short pre-interview. After a short talk with the recruitment agent I was informed that my verbal discussion was more informative than my written resume. I was then asked to write out my resume as if it were a story with full paragraphs about what I do, the scope and what my role provides my existing employer.
Aside from feeling like a cash cow to these people I can’t help but wonder if we are starting to move away from targeted cover sheets and more to novel-like resumes. Would a more detailed resume attract an employer as opposed to a brief two page resume? Cheers, Resume The Position
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First things first: you should never take a “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to constructing your resume. There will always be subtle differences in what an employer is looking for, even if you limit your job search to one position within the same industry. You should therefore take the time to customise your resume to fit each job you apply for.
In the absence of clear instructions, we’d recommend sticking to the unspoken rule of keeping your resume relatively short and sweet — if you can explain everything an employer needs to know in two pages, there’s no reason to stretch it out to five.
That said, you should always do what a potential employer asks, whether directly or via a recruiter. If they want a big, flowery resume filled with personal anecdotes, then refusing to provide one can only hurt your chances. Below are some links with additional advice that should help to steer your resume(s) in the right direction…
- Six Of The Most Common Resume Flaws (And How To Fix Them)
- Customise Your Resume To Your Profession
- What Shouldn’t You Mention On Your Resume?
- Fast-Track Resume Creation With CV Minder
- List Accomplishments, Not Your Job Description, On Your Resume
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