1. Have a resume for each job you apply for
WRONG! You probably read somewhere that you should make your resume match each position you are applying for. This does not make any sense, because employees want to see who you are regarding the different paths and fields you have been involved with. Imagine recruiter A receives your resume X and recruiter B receives your resume Y. Now one of them is going to look for your Linked In profile, which one is he/she going to find? What kind of message are you directing if the resume you sent does not match with your Linked In profile? And what about the complexity of managing all 40 different resumes you sent during that week. When an employer calls you, what are you going to say? Which resume “persona” are you going to be?
2. List all your jobs in your resume
WRONG! Keep your resume updated. If you have more than 20 years of experience you are not going to be able to provide all you past experiences except if you write a 10 pages resume which is completely out of the equation! The world is evolving at a very fast pace and you have to be able to represent that in your resume instead of an obsolete profile. Therefore, you should keep your current, from 5 to 10 years positions in your resume, as long as you don’t go over the 3 pages maximum. Don’t list your 80’s and 90’s jobs because at that time where were the technology we know now? The business world was a totally different reality and either were the market needs.
3. Your resume should have only one page
WRONG! This is a very polemic issue in the resume’s world. You will read a lot of different opinions but most of them will say that your resume should be only one page. The goal behind this statement is actually very accurate and that’s what matters. Resumes must be simple and short and by short we really mean as short as you can! So the shorter you can get is the one page resume and it’s possible to achieve that with more or less 5 years of experience. As soon as you pass that mark it’s almost impossible to fit 8 years of experience in just one page resume. So you should try to make a one page resume, but if you can’t, and if you have several relevant information, then you go to the two pages resumes. More than that just for specific profiles and industries. On the other day we were reviewing a resume with more than 20 years of experience. Do you want to guess in how many pages we fit that? Two. Two pages. It doesn’t get better than that!
4. No one cares about your hobbies
WRONG! It may not be the first thing that pops out of your resume in a first screening and especially with the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) but it can certainly make a difference. Imagine the recruiters match 30 resumes for 2 positions. They were all filtered by the same studies field and the same kind of positions, so what is going to make a difference? Would you like to know that one of candidates managed a student’s organization with more than 50 people while studying? Or someone who was able to be the captain of a volleyball team for 3 years? Or someone who volunteer in Kenia for 2 months? Or someone who owns a profitable blog? The list can go on and on… Be yourself and let employees know your value.
5. “References upon request”
WRONG! Why lose a line of your precious resume stating something that is obvious and does not add any value? If employers need you references they will request you. If you don’t have them, then this problem is not even a question. If you have them, then you will provide them upon request, without needing to state that. Avoid the clichés and set yourself apart from the competitors.