Job Hunting 101 | A resume is not your life history

 

 Job hunting took longer than I’d prefer. And I’ve learned a few things in the process.  Since contacts keep calling me for advice, I’m posting some of those lessons here.

Let’s start with what should be obvious but often isn’t.

A) At the risk of sounding like I’m parroting half of the job coaches out there, a resume is a marketing tool not a laundry list of your life’s work experiences. If you’re really targeting a specific role, you can keep your resume relatively concise.   You may need to include extraneous positions to show continuity in employment, but you don’t need to take up precious real estate to explain what irrelevant things you did there.

Focus. Focus. Focus.