WHETHER you are just starting out in your career or you are nestled in your corner office, you must have a resumé.
The ongoing debate, however, is whether the length should be the same for both professionals.
The ideal length has fluctuated over the years among resumé writers, and the question still floats around: Should you have a one-page resumé or a lengthy two- or three-page document?
In this unpredictable and competitive job market, the answer has seemed to appear like a lifting fog: You need both.
For professionals with several years of experience, extensive skills sets or lengthy job descriptions, a longer resumé is in order for targeted jobs which you are seriously considering.
However, a “foot in the door” resumé is a great item to have when you are networking or looking to make a connection for the future.
Here are five simple messages about you that a one-page “pocket” resumé conveys to employers:
1 You value the reader’s time
By delivering a concise one-pager, you are telling the reader you are aware he is busy and you just want to take a few moments to “pitch” yourself on paper.
Feel free to insert the line, “Comprehensive professional resumé available”, so he is aware you have more to share.
2 You are up on the newest career trends
Only after the Great Financial Crisis did the one-page resumé become popular again.
Since the job market became flooded in 2008, employers have become accustomed to reading a resumé in just seconds, and on-trend professionals began to condense their resumés to get noticed quicker. Employers also recognise when a candidate has caught on to this trend.
3 You know how to sell
By fitting all (or most) of your best qualities onto one page and maximising the space with focus, accomplishments and great power words, employers see that you can execute quickly and effectively.
Even if you are not going for a sales position, they will recognise the confident and succinct message that a sharp, one-page resumé sends.
4 You are resource-conscious and efficient
While less than in previous years, resumés are still printed out for review — stacks and stacks of them.
By sending a condensed, one-page resumé, you are saving both resources and time (to print and read).
Employers can appreciate a conscious professional who cares about their time, their paper — and of course, the earth!
5 You are creative
It is not easy to fit 20 or 30 years of experience onto one page.
Even if you don’t include every detail — unless you use a 4-point font — utilising the real estate on a single page to summarise and market your skills and experience speaks of your creativity and resourcefulness.
Stretch your mind and you can create a great document in the limited space.
By creating a second resumé, condensing it to one page, and ensuring your best qualities appear on that page, you are telling employers a lot more about you than what is actually written on the page.
Whether networking at a career event or making connections through friends or colleagues, a one-page resumé is a smart tool to make them interested in learning more about you.
Article by Cathy Eng, a certified advanced resumé writer and owner of Resume Rocketeer, Inc. She specialises in helping clients leverage their best skills and experiences to create powerful, effective resumés and cover letters. Article source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Cathy_Eng