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 is pleased to announce the promotion of Valerie Nyberg to Senior Project Manager and Professional Resume Writer!

Business is expanding as experienced professional resume writer Valerie Nyberg for Vertical Media Solutions has advanced to Senior Project Manager, propelling the company to take on more projects per month.

November 9, 2012 – Expect Michigan’s highest rated professional resume writing and interview preparation service, Vertical Media Solutions, to increase scope of work with this new development. This will mean new opportunities for job seekers looking to update their own content professionally and revitalize their purpose in the economy. In addition, this is now an increased advantage to up-and-coming candidates fresh out of college or still in college, as the service of professional cover letter and resume development will be more readily available.

Vertical Media Solutions, based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is much more than a cover letter and resume writing service. They also design and create curriculum vitaes, social media development, and provide interview preparation.

Expanding services typically takes on the form of personnel growth to handle more projects, which is why the lead senior resume writer of the company is taking over the project management position and focusing more on specific projects, editing and final reviews. This will not only deliver experience and quality, but expedience and quantity to the table, which fosters market share growth.

Valerie Nyberg has been with Vertical Media Solutions for three years now, serving as the cornerstone for cover letter and resume crafting and preparation. She specializes in accomplishment-driven content development: what sells a resume, what doesn’t sell a resume and keyword utilization. Demand has occurred to the point where she can advance her role to a management position to ensure creativity and retain consistent superior quality for each candidate project.

College students are aggressively pursuing portfolio development, resumes, cover letters, mission statements and other documents to ensure the best opportunities before graduation. So it’s no surprise that Vertical Media Solutions aims to focus on this demographic as well as the rest of the industry spectrum.

With the facilitation of Valerie Nyberg at the head of this new directive, the job market can expect an increase in top-notch candidate profiles, for critical positions that need to be filled.

For more information about what Vertical Media Solutions has to offer, view their web site at http://www.vmsolu.com.