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Writing a resume can be a difficult task for any job seeker, especially with all of the different opinions when it comes to how you should write your resume. There are many myths about creating a resume that job seekers should avoid when writing a resume. Below are the top 10 myths in resume writing:

 

Myth 1: Resumes should be 1 page.

The fact is one page is just not enough, unless you recently graduated from college or you have very little work experience. Your resume needs to contain enough information for the hiring manager to connect the dots in your resume of your experience to how you would be the right job candidate for the position. Trying to squeeze all of your qualifications into one page will either eliminate some of your experience or make the page too cluttered. Focus in on the words that you use on your resume, not having a one page resume.

Myth 2: Resumes should include all of your work history.

This is not true, your resume should only include the past ten years of your work experience. The only time this would be different if you worked for the same company for the past ten years and your previous position pertains to the position you are applying for.

Myth 3: Your resume should be general.

This could not be furthest from the truth. Customized resumes that are targeted towards the type of position that you are applying for are the only resumes that will get you to the interview. Resumes are your marketing piece, job seekers need to take the time to research the required qualifications and skills needed for a position then write a resume connecting your experience to the qualifications of the position. 

Myth 4: Only include paid work experience.

Experience is experience, whether it is a paid position or a volunteer position. If you have volunteer experience that is relevant to the position that you are applying for then you definitely want to include this experience. Adding your volunteer experience can help you add value to your resume, especially if you are inexperienced or have been out of the workforce for some time.

Myth 5: You must have an objective.

Ten years ago you had to use an objective, today it can be a waste of space on your resume. A bland, generic objective will do nothing for you. The term objective used on a resume is out dated. You should use a professional summary that is written specifically for the position you are applying for. This should highlight your qualifications that match directly to the position that you are applying for. If you are only writing a bland, one size fits all objective then leave it off of your resume.

Myth 6: Social Media accounts should not be added to your resume.

Recruiters will look at your social media accounts, whether you include them or not on your resume. It is best to include your social media accounts at the top of your resume. Make sure all of your social media accounts are kept professional. Your LinkedIn profile needs to be kept up to date, all information should reflect your resume.

Myth 7: Don’t worry about grammatical errors or misspelled words.

This is not acceptable when a recruiter is reviewing your resume. Your grammar and spelling does matter when it comes to your resume. If you can’t take a couple extra minutes to spell check your resume, how much effort are you going to put into the job?

Myth 8: You must have references on your resume.

Once you get to the interview process, then you will more in likely need to have your references ready. Adding references to your resume or using the sentence ‘references are available upon request’ are not going to help you get to the next step of the hiring process. It is assumed that your references will be available if requested.

Myth 9: Pack your resume with opinionated skills (soft skills).

Hiring managers have seen all of the clichés used in resumes, which mean nothing.  When your resume is being reviewed, there should be no "opinionated skills."  Hard worker, team player, work well under pressure, these are examples of opinionated skills. None of those things can actually be verified.  It is a waste of resume space and has ZERO impact on a potential employer. Using such terms turns your resume into a generic resume. Your resume should be written in accomplishment form, verifiable skills.

Myth 10: Paper resumes are all you need.

Times have changed over the last ten years, using only a paper resume may not be enough to get you the job. LinkedIn continues to change the hiring process. Job seekers need to utilize LinkedIn, keeping an up to date profile. More and more companies are giving the option for job seekers to apply for a position using their LinkedIn profile. In addition, depending on the industry you are in, using a resume blog and video cover letter may be the way to showcase your skills and qualifications to recruiters much quicker than just submitting a resume.

There are many myths that surround resumes, I can give dozens more examples. This is the top ten list of myths that you should avoid. If you are not sure on how to craft a resume that will get you to the interview, have a professional write your resume. You only have one chance at the position you want.