Two Pages To Liftoff

It is the nature of our species to evolve and the institutions we have made through time also must evolve in order to keep us with us. Travel, education, and retail have all grown and changed over the years to keep up with a demanding culture. While many things in business have changed, one thing that hasn’t is the need for a timely, well written resume in order to get a job. Resume styles, however, have changed dramatically over the years. Keeping up with conventional wisdom regarding resumes is one way to ensure employment success. Styles change Everything few years professional resumes undergo a revolution and change the way they appear or the information they provide. Once, a simple line by line listing your school and previous jobs was enough to satisfy an employer that you would be a good hire. In the business-oriented 80s resumes adopted a more spectacular style with intricate fonts, unusual spacing and multiple categories listing everything from your reasons for wanting the job to hobbies and association of which you are a member. As the century turned to the 2000s a more practical business community has done away with a flourishes of the past and now relies on a simple straightforward resume. Meeting needs The current wisdom involving resumes is that they should contain enough information designed in such a way for the applicant to put their best foot forward and list the relevant credentials and experience required. It is a myth that a resume should only be one page long. A resume should be long enough to contain all of your pertinent information and short enough to reveal your advantages at a cursory glance. The majority of resumes are a page a half to two pages long. Applicants no longer list objectives at the top of the resume as employers have finally figured out it is your objective to get a job. The other change in modern resumes is no longer listing the phrase “references available upon request” at the end of the resume. If your boss requires references of course they are available! Paper and presentation The way your resume is arranged usually has more to do with what kind of job you are seeking or what your life experience has been. A person fresh out of college seeking entry-level position with no real job experience should list their educational credentials first and their work experience second. A person who is high on experience but has little formal education will list their job experience pertinent to the job at hand first and educational achievements including continuing education units and seminars second. Resumes should be typed in a clear easy-to-read font, and presented on white or beige paper. Fancy paper with designs or overly expensive paper will do more to distract from your resume than add to it.