My On Page Resume/CV Isn’t Working

In this episode of “Tuesdays at Two,” we delve into a critical topic that often goes overlooked in career management – the significance of having a well-structured and comprehensive resume. As an executive resume writer, it’s alarming to witness the number of one-page resumes I come across during my career critiques or when people seek my assistance. While a one-page resume might be acceptable for entry-level positions, it falls short for experienced professionals who possess over six years of career experience. In this blog, we’ll explore why a one-page resume may not be the most effective approach and how a two or three-page resume can significantly impact your career advancement.

The Power of a Comprehensive Resume

Your resume serves as a powerful sales tool that opens doors to interviews, not just a mere document to land you the job. Hence, it’s crucial to recognize that a resume’s primary function is to get you that critical interview opportunity, whether virtual or in-person. While some might argue that a concise one-page resume is sufficient, it’s essential to understand that it may not adequately showcase your value, differentiators, competitive edge, or career accomplishments.

Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Friendliness

As professionals gain more experience, their career stories become increasingly rich with successes and achievements. When a resume is ATS-scannable, it means it’s optimized to be processed by automated systems. However, ATS scanning machinery might struggle to pick up all the details from a one-page resume, potentially hindering your progress to the next stages of the hiring process. Therefore, it’s essential to embrace a two or three-page resume that can accommodate all the relevant information without overwhelming the reader.

The Role of Metrics and Accomplishments

I no longer identify as just an executive resume writer; I consider myself a storyteller. Your resume or CV is essentially a story document that narrates your professional journey through your career accomplishments and projects. The more metrics you include in your resume, the more impact it will have on potential employers. Metrics provide tangible evidence of your contributions and performance, making your resume stand out.

Exceptions and Memorable Moments

While a comprehensive two or three-page resume is recommended for most experienced professionals, there are exceptions to every rule. For instance, a one-page document can serve as a “memorable moment” after an interview. This one-page version can be creatively designed with graphics and charts, leaving a lasting impression on the interviewer. However, remember that this memorable moment should complement your full-length resume, not replace it.

Career Advancement with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

In the upcoming episode, we’ll explore how an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) can be a game-changer for career advancement. As a global expert in managing and advancing the careers of EMBA graduates, I’ve had the privilege of working with candidates from various business schools worldwide. Stay tuned to discover the valuable insights and opportunities that an EMBA can bring to your career.

To sum it up, a comprehensive resume is an indispensable tool for advancing your career. Experienced professionals with over six years of work history should embrace the two or three-page format, allowing them to showcase their achievements, metrics, and career stories effectively. A one-page resume might have its place as a memorable moment, but it falls short in representing your true potential. Remember, your resume is your sales pitch, and investing time and effort into crafting a compelling document can make a world of difference in your career journey.


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