Dr. Hansen I have gotten several different opinions on my resume with some saying
it’s good and others saying I should have a functional resume. I have been to my
college’s career services and other professors. So I am not really sure which is
best for me. Should a new college grad have a functional resume? Should my
resume be limited to one page? Please let me know what you think.
The Career Doctor responds:
Several things jump at me when I look at your resume. All job-seekers should
remember that a resume is a strategic marketing document that must have two
key elements: design and content.
First let’s discuss design. Every design aspect must be consistent on your resume
– same style of headings same margins… a coherent and appealing look. One of
my pet peeves deals with margins… I hate unusually narrow margins. There’s a rule
of “thumb” with resumes — margins must be big enough for my (big) thumbs to hold on
to it and not cover any content.
Resumes must also be designed with some flair and job-seekers often accomplish this style
through varying typography font size and font selection. Your name and major headings
should be larger perhaps in a different font. And be sure to include as much contact
information as possible.
Second let’s talk content. I would recommend you — and all job-seekers — use one
of the “hotter” elements in resume writing — the “Qualifications Summary” also
sometimes referred to as “Professional Profile.” This section is what I
like to refer to as the executive summary of your resume — it may change depending
on what type of job you are seeking — but it should be the key 3-5 accomplishments
that make you better than anyone else for the job you are seeking.
And as you write about your experience remember to focus on accomplishments keywords and action verbs. Whenever possible quantify your accomplishments.
As for resume length the current rule is a resume is as long as it needs to be based
on your experience and college grads with lots of experience can have two-page resumes.
Get more information on resumes and resume-writing in this section of Quintessential Careers: Resume and CV
Resources for Job-Seekers.