It takes me a lot longer to write short pieces than long ones. I’m extremely familiar with job seeking and write long blogs in minutes. However; these aren’t published. Instead, I edit. I attempt to say the same thing using half the words. They take longer to complete, and end up on Job Seeking Adventures. But why do this?
Readers (including HR reps), scan. It helps to cut extra info and be action-oriented. Clients often bring me long resumes without specifics. Or, they include the same duties under multiple jobs. Or, they share technology, equipment, and duties unrelated to jobs they are applying for. As I share with them, every word on a resume and cover letter should have a reason for being there. If you have similar jobs, set up a “Professional Experience” section to share once what you’ve completed at all positions. In your “Employment” section, list the jobs without general duties, but accomplishments and specifics unique to that position.
Only use past duties in the context of transferable skills. For instance; an RN going for a Customer Service position doesn’t need to share medical equipment and specific healthcare procedures, but should determine and share skills involved with patient care that will be invaluable to helping the company’s customers.
Again; remember more isn’t always better with resumes and cover letters. Say a ton in few words.
Good luck job hunting,
Beth Husom, GCDF