After the Boston national meeting, more than
the usual number of resumes were sent to me
for review. Some were referrals from other
consultants, some were “normal route sign-
ups” and some were as a result of my former
company ending its operations.
Although there are many well written articles about
resumes, it is hard to do when it is your own.
Some writer’s block points are:
What do I focus on in the objective, do I make it
general or narrow it down to specific roles.
For experienced people how far back do I go?
My comments that follow just try to reiterate
the comments I have added in reviewing several
1. First, and by all means, most important. The
resume is your document. You make the final
decision on lay-out, content, length and wording.
Comments are only observations and suggestions.
2. A self review of what you have done, including
developing stories which can be captured in easy
to understand phrases briefly will be needed.
However, please hold off doing this until you have
asked the question, “what is my clear objective.”
(What does my background and experience permit
me to do that fulfills my personal ambitions and
A resume needs to have this right below the
heading, supporting statements describing one’s
skills, accomplishments, and involvements are
organized in easy to find and read statements in
the remainder of the resume.
3. Since a reviewer is typically trying to find
matches to openings in her organization, critical
matching words need to be located near the top
to allow your resume to be separated as a
potential candidate to bring in for interview.
Thus, the resume is your marketing tool, it
needs to contain the right buzz-terms.
4. Too much information, TMI, non-relevant
information appears in many early drafts of
resumes. So, it is quite helpful to have other
people read and offer feedback on your
resume. Consider focusing on clear, brief
verb-led statements that are specific enough
to intrigue the reviewer using terms used
in the industry.
The third section, highlights, in a typical
chronological format can be a place where
you not only point out skill sets, but also
some business significance. It is harder to
do it briefly in the accomplishment
statements in the experience section.
Font no less than 10, phrases rather
than sentences, key terms, organization
are recommended rather than long
5. In computer file organized document
designed motif, resumes can be
organized to be less that 2 pages, by
thinking about file fit, form and function.
Supporting data such as references,
publication lists, and research summaries
can be appended in separate pages
in the resume file. The file will have the
resume, cover letter and be designed to
allow the reviewer to quickly identify
and classify your resume as matching
the needs and then organized in a
fashion to provide sometimes desired
content in preparation for interviews.