5 myths about flawless resumes (and what to include instead)
It's important to keep an updated resume whether you're actively job seeking or not. But with so much information online about resumes — with numerous suggestions about what you absolutely should and shouldn't include — it can be difficult to figure out what a flawless resume actually looks like.
Here's some common myths about what you absolutely need on a resume — and what you can do instead.
1. It can only be one page. Not all experience is relevant or necessary to every job application, but if you've got a lot you need to include, it's much better to take an extra page than to hurt a recruiter's eyes with size 9 font.
2. Your resume must be unique and visually appealing. While it's great to stand out, overwhelming your resume with graphics and unconventional formatting can draw attention away from your experience and skills. Further, most of those resumes aren't ATS friendly.
3. Hide your work gaps. Rather than shying away from your work gaps, address the gap and use it to your advantage. Be honest and provide a brief explanation.
4. You need to reference references. It's not necessary to write "references upon request" on your resume. If the interviewer wants references later in the process, they'll ask you. Save the extra space!
5. You only need one perfect resume. A resume that's perfect for one job application won't be perfect for every one! It's important to review and revise your resume with every job application. Tailor your resume to that company's goals, missions, and needs — and even go as far as to include the language in the job description in your resume.
What are some resume myths that you've busted?