3 Things You Absolutely Need On Your Resume

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Most companies don’t have recruiters. They have an owner. Maybe an operations guy. Probably someone who does billing. Some companies are lucky to have a combination role that includes personnel.

You won’t get the attention of anyone at any company by simply sending in a resume [via email, USPS, carrier pigeon] and hoping to be considered. But you are not listening to me. You never listen. You will send that resume, anyway.

So if you’re gonna send in a resume despite my solid advice, you need three basic things in order to pass the smell test.

  1. Correct contact information. Not just your name, email address and mobile number. I need to see a street address. If you don’t include your address, I actually think — he’s not including his address because he lives too far away and wants relo money. Maybe I am paying relo money and maybe I’m not. Maybe you want relo money or maybe you don’t. Why don’t you clarify your living situation in a cover letter?
  2. A summary of qualifications. That’s your pitch. Right there. I don’t want to hear your goals. Your dreams. Your aspirations. Tell me who you are and what you do. Use keywords that are recognizable and be honest.
  3. A chronological list that includes company names, your title and dates of employment. Get those things right. Yes, of course, give me a couple of simple bullet points that summarize what you did and what you accomplished. Everything else is overkill. If you pass the smell test, I will call you.

People always ask me — how long should my resume be?

I ask — are you Jesus? Are you Gandhi?

Give me two pages or give me death.

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