GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.-- There's a lot of advice out there about how to make your mark in the competitive job market these days, but not all of it is worth heeding.
Jeremy Berg from BERG Professional Staffing dropped by the show today to share some common, outdated tips that you should simply ignore.
1. Your resume should only be one page.
At some point in the past, resumes were supposed to be limited to one page. But times have changed, and two plus-page resumes are common now place. People with only a few years of experience should still stick to one page, but more than one page is fine for everyone else.
2. Invest in good resume paper.
Don't invest in any resume paper; the days of buying heavy stock to print resumes are over. You should be submitting your resume electronically. So focus on keywords and on-screen formatting and content rather than what shade of gray paper looks best.
3. Every job has to go on your resume.
You don't have to present a complete account of your professional history. Your resume is a marketing document, designed to present your candidacy in the strongest possible light. It doesn't need to be an exhaustive accounting of every job you've held.
4. Include "references available upon request" on the bottom of your resume.
This is a convention from another time. These days, it's assumed that you'll provide references when asked and you don't need to explicitly say it. Including that line takes up space unnecessarily and feels dated.
5. Include an objective at the top of your resume.
Hiring managers just don't care about your objectives; they care about what you can do for them. Objectives also waste space. The trend now is to include highlights or a skills summary where objective used to go.
For more information about Jeremy and BERG Professional Staffing, check out bergstaffing.com.
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