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Most Common Resume Writing Myths
Monday, April 15, 2013

Some of the hardest work you'll in your career up is when you're not even employed. Dedicated job seekers like yourself spend many laborious hours tweaking their resumes. When you're meticulously modifying every little detail to make it as flawless as the resume templates out there, you wouldn't think that following some of those guidelines may not actually make for the perfect resume.

To help you make the most of your resume-writing time, here are the most common resume writing myths:

Resumes have to be one page.
Typically resumes have been said to be one page in order to be brief and concise since hiring managers have a lot of resumes to go through in one day. Nowadays, having valuable material on your resume is important. There's nothing wrong with having a two-page resume as long as everything on it is specifically relevant to the job position.

Graphs and charts are pointless. In today's skeptic world, people are more willing to believe things when they can see the proof. By adding a graph to your resume, you can quickly show your story in a way that allows the viewer to absorb the information with a quick glance.

Spelling errors immediately disqualify you. While spelling errors can ding you a few points on your thorough proofreading skills, it doesn't automatically mean that it will land your resume in the reject pile. Hiring managers will take more consideration into your work experience to see whether you would be a good fit. Always be sure to read and re-read your resume before sending it out.

Objective statements are required. Nope. It's actually becoming more common to see the space that was once used for the objective statement replaced with something of more value. Recruiters and hiring managers quite frankly don't care about your objective, they only care about their own. They are more interested in seeing your qualifications for the job to determine whether you would be the right fit.

Full contact info is mandatory. Your resume is precious real estate that should only be filled information the hiring manager or recruiter will find useful to their purposes. As long as you have direct lines listed for them to reach you at such as your main email address and cellphone, your address and middle name aren't a must.

Job searching practices are evolving along with job market demands. From applications going digital to directly connections with hiring managers online, approaches to finding a job isn't what it used to be. The same goes for resumes. We've all grown up with the cookie-cutter style of resume ingrained in our minds but as competition for jobs gets more intense, standing out takes more creativity. Don't be afraid to let a little of your personality shine through your resume as long as it isn't blinding!