Do you want to know how to turn off a recruiter or hiring manager just as they start to read your resume? Good. I can help. Here’s one of my favorites:
Lead by telling them how many years of experience you have.
- Twenty-two years of experience in…
- Over twenty years of experience in…
- More than 17 years of experience in…
Why is This a Fail?
1. If the most compelling thing you can say about your work is how long you have done it, there’s a problem, a scary potential mediocrity problem.
2. Your readers might ask themselves, “Hmm, I wonder if that is 17 years of progressively responsible experience or if it’s one year of experience 17 times?”
3. If your reader is more than ten years younger than you, they are going to de facto think you are old.
4. If you spell a number when you should have used numerals, or you use numerals when you should have spelled the number, you will put Grammar Nazis on alert.
What if the Posting Specified Years of Experience?
Format your resume well enough that reader can easily do the math. You can see an example here.
Recruiters and hiring managers read your resume looking for the answer to one basic question: “What’s in it for me?” Make sure your resume’s summary answers that question and grips your reader’s attention.
I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Updated June 2017
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