by Kenneth Rudich
The secret to writing a great resume rests with keeping it meaty, yet simple and concise. If the presentation is crisp, then the person behind it stands out as more worthy than most.
Of course, this is easier said than done, particularly as you acquire new knowledge, skills and experience over time. While each forward step leaves you better equipped, it also comes with the challenge of trying to convey considerably more for those who review it.
So just when you’ve figured out during the last update how to finally get your resume down to one page, it suddenly balloons back up to two. And sometimes you have to exercise all possible restraint to keep it from going to three…or maybe even to four.
It’s a knotty dilemma, because all these impressive accomplishments must now be squeezed into a parcel of space that’s beginning to look like the size of a thimble. I call this “the paradox of being.”
It states: The more well-grounded, versatile and capable you become, the smaller your allotment of resume space. (It’s the exact opposite of struggling to fill a page, as often happens when you’re first starting out in the workaday world.)
At some point, you’ll have accumulated so much that you’ll need to step back from languishing in the details of all you’ve accomplished, so you can instead free your mind to think in the abstract.
This is where you boil down that long list of achievements into an elegant summation of the skills and abilities you bring to the table for conquering challenges and mastering tasks. It’s the final push to make it thoroughly meaty, yet simple and concise.
And when the final push is finally done, and you end up with a resume that presents an invaluable asset for an employer to have, it’ll be greater than great.
In fact, it’ll put you in the enviable position of being interview ready.