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Resumes that Succeed with Enough, but not too Much
“Is my resume enough or too much?” “What should I include and what can I leave out?” In favor of short resumes are: (a) easy to read, (b) covers the basics, and (c) complies with the “instruction I received in school.” But longer can still be easy to read, and elaborating on the basics enriches keyword density, which helps your resume pass the digital screening phase. Advice I have read about length is to make a resume as long as it needs to be to tell the story. Wouldn’t it be best, though, to understand the requirements of positions you plan to submit to and prepare your resume to be responsive to those requirements? The long-used AIDA sales model is a reliable guide: Awareness-- Interest-- Desire-- Action. According to the model, this step-by-step flow takes a buyer to the final purchase decision. A fault I see with too-long resumes is that the applicant expects the resume to pass through all the steps to generate the offer. Instead, overly long resumes risk overwhelming the reader and often fail to make the applicant’s value clear. Let’s examine ways to resolve the several tradeoffs in resume preparation to develop the resume that works best for you.

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    Resume workshops are free and all are welcome. The purpose is to inspire and energize participants by introducing insights and expertise that expand possibilities to showcase strengths, talents, and capabilities within the resume format. Attendees will leave eager to apply new ideas and with greater confidence in taking next steps toward preparing a resume that engages reviewers and leads to more interviews. The leader is an expert in preparing resumes, cover letters, and related presentations. The format is informal to allow sharing tips and reactions among people in the group. Attendees' resumes are critiqued at the workshops as time allows. Reviewing resumes as a group demonstrates ideas ranging from novel to traditional that may be adopted to strengthen participants' career change searching.

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