At least not initially. Here’s a scenario: A medical company has posted a job on LinkedIn and/or Med Reps. The hiring manager or Human Resource Director has been bombarded with over 150 resumes. The H/R Director, after utilizing a search engine to screen for buzz words, sends 50 resumes to the hiring manager. The manager now wants to interview 5-7 qualified candidates and starts reviewing resumes. The manager comes upon a resume which, if he /she reads from start to finish, will take until next Tuesday. Now this manager has 49 other resumes to review, decides that this resume is too long and wordy, and puts it aside. The manager continues to review the other resumes, identifies 5-7 candidates, and that one long resume goes into the trash bin. And you know what? That candidate could have been the single most qualified candidate for that job.
I have seen this scenario play out time and time again. Managers do not have the time to read every single line on a resume- they SCAN them. They want to know where you have worked, when you worked there, what you do, and what you’ve accomplished. And they want to know within 30 seconds or less.
Many people feel that hiring managers are focused on every word, so they put a load of useless information on their resume. That defeats the purpose. Managers know that “you are responsible for increasing revenues and selling your product in an assigned territory.” They want to know HOW MUCH you have increased revenues and HOW MANY new accounts you have opened in an assigned territory.
Remember, on a resume it is not what YOU think is important, it is what the hiring manager thinks is important, and if you overload that manager with too much to read, the chances are that your resume will be put aside. Just keep it simple, get to the point, talk up your accomplishments and keep the resume as tight and informative as you can.
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