The 1-Page Resume Myth

We’ve seen it for generations and generations inside the classroom and even in the household, the old adage stating that more than one page for a resume is a cardinal sin. Less is more. More is evil.

Well, times change….

You and Your Resume Must Change as Well

The job market isn’t a static entity. Trends occur. And in all honesty, this particular trend is simply based on a myth that’s been followed for decades: the idea that your resume has to be no more than a page long.

Not so. It’s the other way around: more is, well, better!

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesA “Tighter” Resume Does, Make Sense

Don’t get me wrong, though. The concept of making your resume ‘shorter’ is founded by natural and understandable principles. The fear is this: that your resume ends up being so long that hiring managers get really bored reading it!

It’s common sense, numbers, statistics here. It’s easier reading a batch of 1-page resumes than it is reading a batch of 2- to 3-page resumes. Time management is obviously crucial here, so chances are the hiring managers will try to breeze over the novel-length resumes and focus on the 1-pagers more often.

Still, here’s the bottom line:

It’s the Most Prepared Candidate That Will Land the Job

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesPrior wisdom would state that it’s the most “qualified.” That, unfortunately, isn’t always the case. Plenty of top-of-the-line candidates miss out on the jobs, because the higher-ups don’t see the value. Why? Because that value isn’t communicated correctly in the resume!

More importantly, though, when you think about it, you’re “selling yourself” with your resume. So why not go the extra mile? Don’t be afraid of going past one page on your resume.

And here’s how:

Sell That Hiring Manager on the First Page of Your Resume

That way, the rest of your content is just gravy to pour on! The more experience, the better – but you’re also targeting your best quality and experience right on the first page.

Put it this way – if you had a 2-page resume and a 1-page resume, and both first pages had equally impressive content, which resume may you probably lean toward? You wouldn’t know unless you read the rest of that 2-pager, right?

So you read the rest, and you find that the candidate has even more experience than the other candidate. Well, then I guess the decision’s obvious! In this case, the more ended up being better.

Maybe You Don’t Have a Lot of Content on Your Resume….

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume servicesUnderstandable. So thinking you need to fill in more of the white space may be wise, but let’s face it: hiring managers can smell the tricks and tactics, and they don’t fall for it.

The concept is to glean from the work experience, that you possess all the transferable skills, and list them with details on how those accomplishments will benefit the company.

Once you’re done writing it all out on your resume, chances are you’ll probably be into the second page anyway!

Sell Them on the First Page, Seal the Deal on the Second

Your advantage begins with a professional resume and cover letter. Call Vertical Media Solutions today: 616-631-4300 or 517-308-0800

 

 

Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix Join to Provide Comprehensive Tools for Job Seekers.

Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix.com Join to Provide Comprehensive Tools for Job Seekers

There are two cornerstones to a successful job market: career opportunities and a polished cover letter and resume. Hence the reason for Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix.com joining forces.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Vertical Media Solutions | Professional resume services
Job opportunities | West Michigan

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 03, 2012 - These two companies are partnering together to not only provide jobs to workers all over western Michigan, but to provide those workers with the tools to land those high-profile jobs with success.

Vertical Media Solutions, a division of the well-established recruiting firm The Stephen J. Group, specializes in professional cover letters, resume writing and interview preparation services for many years now.

Likewise, CareerMatrix.com – western Michigan’s premier source of internet employment resources  – touches on a very similar aspect of the job market: career opportunities. With their quality content and aggregate technology focused on the local region, they have the ability to assist any professional in finding prospective employment.

With these two companies working together, opportunities don’t just stay ‘opportunities’ – rather, the opportunities transfigure into major success for the Michigan economy as potential candidates find the jobs and then interview for them successfully.

In addition, both companies benefit as well – Vertical Media Solutions will gain visibility to well over 20,000 candidates who may be interested in having their resume professionally crafted. CareerMatrix.com, while local, will enjoy the benefit of current national job market intelligence to ensure that the best consultation is provided, solidifying the reality that any possible job opportunity CareerMatrix.com provides will not end up lost, but found by the right potential employee.

This can be tremendously good news for the entire prospective western Michigan workforce, as the state is currently in flux with a slow recovery. With these quality resources together – Vertical Media Solutions and CareerMatrix.com – provides the possible solution for enhancing job opportunities or corporate training and skill.

This is specifically the case when considering the job market. It is in a relatively slow recovery with corporations generally looking for value in potential hires rather than simply filling a position. Without the correct resources or education on how to present oneself during an interview or the professional crafting of a quality resume or cover letter, it’s not always the most qualified candidate that gets chosen for the job. Hiring managers don’t end up easily identifying the value in the candidate’s background; instead they see carbon copy resumes without any unique quality.

In other words, CareerMatrix.com no doubt makes sure the door is open for any candidate to stick a foot in; and Vertical Media Solutions ensures that those candidates walk through that door successfully.

You can check out the services for Vertical Media Solutions at their web site, www.vmsolu.com. For a listing of jobs in any field of work for the entire region of western Michigan, take a look at www.CareerMatrix.com. The partnership will continue with that mutual benefit, as well as the obvious benefit to workers in the state, for as long as people continue looking for jobs.