Runaway Resumes: Quick Tips to Keep it Short and Sweet

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We have all seen them: Runaway Resumes. Whether they are five pages long, ridiculously snazzy, or just messy, resumes, while seemingly simple, can easily turn disastrous. Let’s take a look at some Runaway Resumes and how to leverage them.

The Peacock
Many young professionals, particularly in graphic design, are apt to show off their design skills with their resume. While an extremely interesting idea, err on the side of caution when it comes to being showy. Certainly some modern places of business will appreciate the sentiment, but others may be annoyed at the overshare.

Alternate Idea: Keep the resume basic and let your work speak for itself in your professional portfolio, which should accompany a professional on any interview. This way, you aren’t overwhelming the interviewer.

Exception to the Rule: Definitely go forward with a flashy resume if you are specifically asked to have a unique spin on tradition (for instance, BuzzFeed requests its job applicants submit a recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of a cover letter).

The Rambler
While your qualifications are sure to impress, being succinct and to the point goes a long way. Opinions vary on acceptable resume length (some say it MUST be one page, some say two is acceptable); in the end, it is generally agreed upon that anything more than two pages is just too much reading.

Often, the interviewer is sifting through hundreds of resumes and won’t be able to take the time to read every word you have written in great detail. This is why highlighting your skills is key.

The Liar
More than half (53%) of resumes out there contain falsifications. But common as it is, it’s best to remain honest because the truth has a way of making itself known in an interview or during onboarding. It’s not worth it to heavily exaggerate your skill set or experiences and feverishly worry about whether the employer will find out.

The Slob
It’s said over and over (and over), but resumes are no place for typos or grammatical errors. Looking at your own resume for hours at a time may cause temporary typo-blindness: Have a few sets of eyes look over your resume before submitting it to make sure you catch everything you can. The Buzzer
Some of the most overused buzzwords can cause someone to toss your resume aside for someone who doesn’t sound so cliché. LinkedIn recently released a list of the Most Overused Buzzwords, including:
• Motivated • Organized • Responsible/Professional

Take a step back from the buzzwords and re-focus on being genuine. It can drive more sincere relationships and allow people to truly understand your capabilities.

What other resume faux pas have you seen? What about unique ideas?

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