Resume Myths to Avoid

There are too many “Make Sure Your Resume Has _____” lists out there on the internet. The truth of the matter is, none of those things are rules and most of them are extremely outdated. If you followed those rules, everyone on the planet that was looking for jobs would have single page resumes, black ink, water paper. That’s just not the case, in fact many industries, like design, are moving to a computer and internet based portfolio, versus a .pdf.

Let’s get dirty and uncover, expose those silly myths about what your resume “must” have.

1. Your resume must fit on a single page.

No, that’s not true. If trying to cram everything that is relevant to your professional career makes it look messy, jeopardizes the content or is just impossible, let it go to the next page. Still stay concise and clear, but don’t give yourself a page limit. That is exactly what it will do: limit.

2. Don’t show any lapse in time between jobs

Before technology, this economy and various sector bubbles, this no longer applies. Employers are well-versed in this age, that people leave work to take care of kids and aging loved ones. Also, employers are very aware of the economy’s effects on those job gaps.

Plus, it’s always better to try, and submit your resume with those gaps, than to not apply to the job at all. It’s very likely that you’ll be asked about the gap and given a chance to explain why you were out of work for a while.

3. One resume to rule them all

No, no and no. If you’re applying to jobs in different sectors or for different positions, your resume should reflect that. Hiring managers are trained to recognize the lack of effort and abundance of generalities on a resume. Using one single resume for each job will definitely get you, and your CV, tossed in the trash.