Resume Tip O’ the Week (Video): Determine Resume Page Length With Common Sense

Happy Holidays everyone!

Please enjoy the following video.  Why?  Because, if you are like me you are constantly wondering to yourself, “How many pages should my resume be?”

Come to think of it, I’m probably the only one on earth who constantly wonders this.

To elaborate on the video, your resume will need to be more than one page if you have the following experience:

  • More than 5 years of work experience
  • Several jobs in the past years.
  • Working in a field where you have too many roles to contain on one page.

Use Common Sense When Determining Page Length:

One of the biggest mistakes one can make when writing your resume is attempting to shoehorn a wealth of great experience onto a 1 page resume.

The balance is fitting all the job headings along with relevant and focused information into the shortest amount of page length possible.   Most of my clients will typically arrive on a 2-3 resume as the best solution if they are in the 5-10 year point in their career.

Of course, it’s not a good idea to go overboard.   Many individuals who have over 10-15 years experience tend to want to add every aspect of their experience throughout their career.  The resume needs to be focused and clear to the reader.  It is very possible, if not required, to contain 15 years of experience within 4 pages.   In fact, some companies have an “unwritten” 4 page” rule for ALL resumes they review.

Enjoy the video everyone:

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When Interviewing, Be Agressive and go for the Brass Ring

By Gary Jones, Owner of Pines Career Services.   We offer Premium Resume Coaching and Interview Preparation at a discounted price.  Be sure to click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel  for more helpful content.

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Best. Interview. Ever.

Several months ago, I recruited a candidate (we’ll call her Sara) for a QA Engineering position at a small but up and coming company.  Sara’s strong interviews and journey from being one of 50 candidates to earning the job offer is a great lesson in persistence and drive.  I am looking forward to sharing her story with you, and how you can benefit from her interview approach.

Challenges:

When I saw Sara’s resume for the first time, my reaction was tepid.  Sara did not have Team Lead experience which the position required.  It was definitely worth giving her a call because she had an intriguing background despite, on paper, not having some of the required qualifications.   As you’ll see later in this post, I was very excited after our phone call about passing her resume along to the hiring manager.

Sara Was Prepared:

I called Sara and she was clearly prepared for my call.   She asked me questions about the job description which showed me she thoroughly read it prior to our call.

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The best advice I have for job seekers is when they apply for a job, be ready for that phone call.  It is a big turnoff when you call a candidate and they simply forgot they applied.

Sara was Relentless:

I was honestly worried what would happen if Sara didn’t get this job.   Why?  Failure was not an option was according to Sara’s outlook.  Employers love candidates who go for the brass ring and show they want the job more than all others vying for the role.  Employers are humans like everyone else and they feel secure hiring job seekers that truly want to join the organization.

Sara researched the company.   She checked out employees LinkedIn profiles to learn more about the team.  She conveyed what she liked about the company and how she could picture herself thriving in the company and why she is the best candidate.

Her type of research will come in handy when employers ask “do you have any questions?”   You need to be ready to ask, otherwise, it gives the clear impression you were not ready for the interview.   If you ask specific questions about the position and company, it not only gives you vital information but the hiring manager will be satisfied you are prepared for the interview.

Sara made an effort to Connect with the Interviewers, and it worked.

The manager’s feedback after Sara’s interviews gave me hope she was going to get the offer.   They mentioned it wasn’t a traditional Q&A format, but found themselves just having a regular conversation with her.

Sara let her personality show, and again, she came prepared with questions.   In her interview, it was a 2-way street of communication between her and the managers.   You may have the best personality in the world, and make an earnest effort to connect, but not everyone on the other end will be open to connecting.

My thought is if you put the best version of yourself out there, then it’s the manager’s loss if it didn’t work out.   It’s okay to be yourself and show everyone what makes you great.

When faced with adversity after the interview, Sara did not give up and acted

Now what Sara did following the interview will rarely work out, but hey, this is a true story so I’m giving you full disclosure.

Sara was not offered the position after the interview.   What?   Here I am talking up Sara for this entire post and she didn’t receive an offer?

It came back to the original sticking point:  she did not lead experience required.

The manager; however, said they were not offering her the position at this time.   As a Recruiter, my ears perked up at the phrase “at this time.”   So, I went back to Sara and reported they are not making the offer but be patient because you are still an active candidate.

Sara wrote a “thank you” letter to the employers and told me she was going to adjust it and make a direct case why she is the best person for the job despite not having lead/management experience.   Now, I knew this was the equivalent of throwing a “hail mary” pass in football hoping to score a Touchdown at the end of the game.   With that said,  I was trained in this industry to always exhaust all options before giving up—-what the heck, give it a try!

Two days later, the Employer came back and offered Sara the role.   Sara was beyond thrilled of hearing the news and we were both insanely satisfied the hard work paid off in the end.

Sara never gave up.

Be like Sara.