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5 Signs Your Resumé is Passé

5 Signs Your Resumé is Passé

Tania Khadder | NursingLink

The workplace is not what it was five years ago. Neither is the job hunt.

The most successful candidates are those who are ready and willing to adapt to a changing landscape. But it doesn’t matter how ready you are for the modern workplace if your resumé’s straight out of 1994.

And sometimes, it’s the most minute details that make all the difference.

Does your resumé speak to the modern hiring manager? Or does it need a serious makeover?
Your resumé might be passé if…

#1: You’ve forced it to fit onto one page

You’ve reduced your font size to eight, eliminated margins altogether and left out key information about yourself, all to conform to that age-old “one page resumé” rule. Big mistake. After all, would a recent college grad really need the same amount of resumé real estate as someone who’s been in the workforce for 20 years? Of course not.

Don’t get me wrong: Your resumé should be concise. Recruiters are busy people – they don’t have time or the patience for long-winded career chronologies. But if your experience warrants two pages, by all means, don’t limit yourself to one.

#2: You list an objective

Of course you’re looking to gain more experience in the field/sector/type of company to which you’re applying. Your interest in the job implies that. Do you really need to say it at the very top of your resumé?

At this point in the selection process, hiring managers are far more interested in what you can do for them than what they can do for you.

If you want to explain why you’re applying for the job, say so in your cover letter. Resumé space is far too valuable to waste on information that is both redundant and inconsequential.

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    almost 5 years ago


    Great article! In my experience, Word documents have not been an issue, but PDFs are certainly more universal. One addition I might suggest is focusing your work experience on accomplishments rather than duties. In most cases, that may mean simply rewording or re-framing what you already had written on your resume. The language of accomplishments not only makes you sound more engaged, but it also indicates that you go above and beyond your required duties.

    Nonetheless, it is still difficult to stand out among hundreds of applicants. I recommend using a staffing agency to get an edge on the market,

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    over 5 years ago


    do I ever need to rewrite my resume!

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    over 5 years ago


    its not even so much your resume. many hospitals want you to apply online and attach your resume. a resume on the internet does not take the place of face to face applications and interveiws. i feel like you are judged before they even meet you . and god forbid on the appication online you answer you had a misteameanor or were ever arrested in you past. you usually get a response thank you for applying for the position but the position has been filled . many hospitals will not accept a resume at human resourses ffices. it has to be emailed or internet. the tips for a awesome resume is great if they really even look at it.

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    over 5 years ago


    I am ready to write a new resume, as mine is very old. I appreciate the advise provided in this article. It's very helpful!

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