Your resume will likely be the first contact you have with a potential employer. Therefore, it is vital to craft your resume to maximize your chances of making a strong, positive impression so you can move on to the next step in the hiring process. Knowing how to approach these three common resume questions should go a long way toward making your resume a memorable one.
Common Resume Question #1: What is the Purpose of a Resume?
Your resume isn’t just a laundry list of facts about your experience: it’s the most powerful marketing tool you have at your disposal in the job-search process (at least until you land the interview!). Your resume should sell your qualifications, your desire to do the job, and your professionalism, all in 1-2 pages. To make the most of this limited real estate, you’ll want to showcase your personality, articulate your goals, and communicate your credentials quickly, honestly, and effectively.
Common Resume Question #2: What should be included on the resume?
A basic resume includes your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, work history, education, and references.
What name should I put on my resume? A common resume question is whether nicknames are acceptable. Nicknames are fine, as long as it does not sound unprofessional. An employer may be uncomfortable hiring a “Bunny” as senior project manager.
Use an appropriate e-mail address. Just like nicknames, mentioned above, “cute” email addresses are not appropriate for a business document. You may also want to stay away from vague, hard to identify email addresses. If you e-mail the potential employer from an e-mail address not easily connected to your real name, it could cause some confusion.
What if you don’t have a degree? Be sure to list any degree you do have, even if it pertains to a field different from the one you are currently applying to. If you have an incomplete degree, considering listing the number of credits you have toward that degree. If all else fails, include a list of relevant training seminars and workshops you attended.
Don’t forget unpaid experience. There is plenty of experience to be had via volunteer opportunities and the like, don’t sell them short when it comes to crafting your resume.
Common Resume Question #3: Is it ok to bend the truth a little?
Marquet International used anecdotal evidence and case studies to compile their Resume Liars Club list. According to their estimations, 33 percent of resumes contain either a false statement or an intentional omission.
A growing number of employers are scrutinizing resumes, both before and after hiring. Logic would dictate that anyone found to be lying on their resume is putting both their job and their reputation at risk.
Once you introduce a lie into your portfolio it can follow you for a long time. Just ask former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson who was forced to step down after a tweaking of his degree information was caught.
In the end, honesty is the best policy. Trustworthiness in an employee trumps a fake degree every time!