Your Resume, How Long is Long Enough?

resume-writingWe get it. You are proud of everything you have done. You’ve got 30+ years of experience and your career is rather impressive. You are proud and more importantly, you want to showcase your myriad accomplishments to support your candidacy. After all,  isn’t that what your resume is supposed to do — show all the great things you have done during your career? Why would you leave some of those off your resume?!

What ExecuNet’s coaches consistently say on the topic is that you’ve got to write the resume with the readers in mind. Get out of your own head and try to see the document through the readers’ eyes. Readers are going to skim your resume, so you’ve got to summarize your career in 2-3 pages. Anything more than that and your readers will lose interest. They will focus on the areas that pertain to the job they are interested in filling. If you have things listed from many years ago that are no longer relevant to what you do now you are creating “noise” that can distract the readers from what you want then to focus on when reading your resume.

Typically, people have a very hard time streamlining their own career because they are simply too close to the information on their resume. It’s their sweat equity that’s represented on those pages and for them it’s all vitally important. And it is important in getting you to where you are today. Some of it will remain on your resume; some will stay but be expressed in a different way; and some will need to be cut. These hard choices are best made with the help of a professional, because no matter how amazing you are at what you do, you aren’t a professional resume writer. When it comes to ourselves it is impossible to be objective, and a resume that isn’t done right creates a rather poor first impression. ExecuNet members can have their resume looked at for no cost so please take advantage of that service!

William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Associate Director of Content Marketing, where he develops engaging job search, career path, and leadership insight to build ExecuNet's brand recognition as the leader in senior-level executive job search and all matters career.

He delivers executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand, amplifying the power of ExecuNet's expert voices and shaping the content strategy.

Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework. It is his training as an educator which allows Will to take complex ideas and make them simple for busy executives to understand and to execute.

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