Designing your resume has to be one of the least favorite activities of a job seeker. With so many different opinions on what makes a good resume, it's hard to know what to do. The truth is, your resume has very little to do with you getting hired. In fact, the most successful job seekers know it's the strategy they use to get the resume directly in the hands of a hiring manager that is far more important. Why? Because it lets you control the messaging and first impression leading up to them reviewing your credentials. That said, you still need to make sure your resume isn't sending the wrong message. Which is the case if it's a "kitchen sink" resume...
Don't List 'Everything But The Kitchen Sink' on Your Resume. Here's Why...
Many job seekers make the mistake of think "more is better" on a resume. It's not. When you put too much information and text on your resume, you are hurting your chances of getting hired for a couple of reasons:
1. It makes you look like you are trying too hard and you come across as desperate.
2. It's so visually overwhelming that the reader skips over most of it, usually missing out on the good stuff.
Either way, this type of resume isn't helping you. Studies show recruiters spend about six seconds skimming your resume before deciding whether to evaluate it more closely. A long-winded, text-intensive resume is much harder to skim and absorb. Which means you're more likely to go in the "no" pile.
The More Experience You Have, The More Succinct Your Resume Should Be!
This is especially true for executives, who tend to think their resume needs to be more impressive. Trying to make yourself sound accomplished and successful by detailing everything you've done over the last two decades works against you. If you are as good as you say you are, then you should be able to zero in and articulate the top two or three ways you create value for employers. Otherwise, you look desperate.
P.S. - Here's How You'll Know When Your Resume Is Working
A good litmus test for a resume is if recruiters are calling you and saying, " I need more information." It proves the resume piqued their interest, and it got you the chance to talk to them directly so you can share just what they need to hear to move you along in the process. The best way to do this is to quantify your accomplishments and let the facts do the talking!