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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cantwell

Four Myths Of Resume Writing Debunked!

Updated: Sep 20, 2022

In celebration of International Update Your Resume Month

As the country continues to grapple with the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the current economic downfall, layoffs have increased and there’s a significant boost in talent entering the job search market. Now, more than ever, a sharply-written resume is essential to stand out in a dynamic, adept applicant pool.

September is International Update Your Resume Month

and Cantwell Career Coaching teamed up with Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC) to share the common misconceptions that candidates make when tackling a resume refresh:

Myth 1:

You should only apply to opportunities that align with your most recent industry or job title.

New job roles are emerging as companies adapt to a changing landscape. As these positions are being developed (many for the first time!), any candidate that has experience or the core skills necessary for success in the role should feel confident in applying. Soft skills such as professionalism, work ethic, and management skills are transferable across verticals and can be applied to new opportunities. Don’t disqualify yourself before anyone else does.

Myth 2:

Your resume is one-size-fits-all

No two job opportunities are the same. Preparing different versions of your resume will help you highlight the experience that is most relevant to the role in which you’re applying. Start by tackling the version of your resume that you’ll use most, and then create additional versions for different industries or job descriptions. Tailoring your resume to expertly frame your relevant experience up front will streamline the application process.

Myth 3:

Your entire professional experience should be featured on your resume

A resume is a teaser to entice an interview. A general rule of thumb for resume experience is to include work history from the past 10-15 years along with career highlights and tangible results that highlight meaningful impacts. A resume should effectively highlight experiences that will resonate with hiring managers and stand out from the crowd.

Myth 4:

You’re solely responsible for the development of your resume

A dynamic and productive resume is never created in a silo. Professional resume writers and career coaches are a worthwhile and affordable investment for anyone on the job hunt. An experienced perspective helps ensure the best chance possible for a resume to elicit a callback or interview.

As Cantwell Career Coaching’s owner, I am an active member of PARW/CC, we are able to provide you with the support and resources of the membership. Cantwell Career Coaching offers various services to help assist clients with proactive and active job searches, as well as promotional planning. For more information please contact me!

Best Wishes, Jenna Cantwell

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