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Five Seconds Series – Part I

Really?  Only Five Seconds to Catch Someone’s Attention?

You bet!

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I know 5 seconds sounds like one of those extreme statistics but it’s actually true.

Anyone who has hired or recruited more than a few times will tell you that they don’t need more than 5 seconds and almost instantly know from one quick look, whether a resume is worth reading or not.

Use words strategically

And it’s not only about aesthetics.  Key words jump off the page and catch your eye depending on where they are placed.

The way you layout your resume can give inaccurate impressions of your experience. Reasons for rejection or what I call “red flags” jump off the page quickly. In light of that, I’ve put together this group of blogs called The Five Seconds Series to help you avoid some of the more common pitfalls

Dude writing

Part I: Don’t look like a jumper if you’re not.

One thing employers don’t like to see is someone who has moved from company to company every year or couple of years, three or more times in a row.  We call them jumpers.  It can indicate a lack of dedication or loyalty, or an inability to adjust to new environments, or even a lack of skill.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen resumes that make a person look like a jumper at first glance, even when they’re not. The most common mistake is when you’ve held multiple positions in one company and have repeated the company name with each position making it look like you moved companies.  The easiest way to avoid this is to write the company name once and list the positions with their accompanying achievements under the one company name lest your promotions be mis-read as moves.


 

LAY IT OUT LIKE THIS

Acme Company                                                           2005 – present

Director                                                                        2011 – present

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

Regional Manager                                                          2010 – 2011

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

Manager                                                                          2007 – 2010

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

Associate                                                                          2005 – 2007

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

 

If you write the company name above each position, at first glance it can look like you jumped from one company to another too many times every couple of years.


 

AND NOT LIKE THIS

Acme Company                                                             2011 – present

Director

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

Acme Company

Manager                                                                          2010 – 2011

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

Acme Company

Assistant Manager                                                          2007 – 2010

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

Acme Company

Associate                                                                          2005 – 2007

  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.
  • What you accomplished.

Happy resume writing!

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