I see hundreds of resumes each year. (Notice I used the word “see” not “read”). Most fail the twenty-second rule, that is hiring managers take about twenty seconds to peruse each resume. If they don’t see something that grabs their attention, they move to the next resume.
I believe some of the best candidates never get the chance to become candidates because they don’t know how to write an effective cover letter and resume.
But there’s help. And you don’t need to pay for it.
The best resource I have seen for resume preparation is OWL – Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab. The site offers free information on writing different types of resumes, including how to prepare scannable resumes.
The information is current and has an online resume workshop which takes you step-by-step through the process. Best of all it’s not prepared by “experts” who often try to convince you that you need to pay for their book or service. (I have no quarrel with the folks who offer these services. I just believe that you don’t need them).
That said, it’s always a good idea to have a friend or colleague look over your resume to be sure you are being clear and concise.
Check out OWL. It will make a difference.
– T.D. Boss