If you “Google” the phrase “resumes are dead,” you’ll see a long list of items covering a wide range of views on the subject. More to the point, I think, is the question, “Is your resume DOA (dead on arrival)?”
Why? Experience tells me that resumes in one form or another are likely to be around for quite a while yet, but that doesn’t matter if yours is lifeless when an employer sees it!
Over the years several people have supposedly said something like “a verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” (Samuel Goldwyn). Assuming he was actually referring to an oral contract (that is, not words on paper), this makes a convoluted kind of sense!
What does this have to do with your resume? If your resume doesn’t communicate the critical message you need to share with prospective employers–your potential value to them–it’s essentially worthless for your job search. If it bores the reader, you’re done before you start. You won’t reach first base, much less hit a home run.
One important point: Your resume is not supposed to provide exhaustive detail about your work experience for the past 20 years or more. It needs to do much more than that, but in fewer words–and it needs to do it from the get-go.
If an employer glances at your resume (and glance might be all he/she does), will it clearly indicate that you can add significant value in the role you’re targeting? If it doesn’t do that, beginning with the opening profile, you might need a miracle to get employer attention and interest. Here are a few points to consider for the opening section:
Remember: The primary purpose of putting your resume together is to promote yourself to potential employers so you can land interviews that result in job offers. Make your efforts count. And if you find your first efforts falling a long way behind where you need to be, consider asking for professional resume writing help. One way you can do that is by contacting me at www.ablueribbonresume.com/contact or calling 508-263-9454.