The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft, people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds, highlighting the affects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.
That’s not a lot of time to make a first impression when it comes to your resume. Here are some resume tips to avoid.
Ditch the Fluff. Your resume should speak for itself. Avoid extra copy or fluff, like a paragraph summary at the top. Recruiters are more interested in the meat and bones of your resume, your work experience.
Be transparent. Don’t leave out months on your dates of employment history. When you leave out part of your history, hiring managers begin to wonder what you are hiding. Be transparent. Now is the time to be upfront and honest on your resume. If there was a gap in employment history, or maybe you didn’t finish that master’s degree, don’t try to hide it. In today’s digital age, it’s really impossible to hide anything.
Make your achievements easy to find. Make it easier for your achievements to be found by listing them under the appropriate job title. Remember eight seconds isn’t long to scan a resume, if your accomplishments are lumped in a paragraph at the end what are the chances that will even be seen?
Don’t get too creative. Don’t try to make yourself out to be somebody you’re not. Your achievements and hard work over the years should stand on their own two feet. Don’t hurt your credibility by trying to bluff your way into an interview.
Now congratulate yourself for being able to concentrate long enough to make it through this entire blog post.