Now that you have created that killer cover letter, it’s time to debunk some of those common resume myths that are currently out there. Here are five common resume myths, and some info on their lack of validity.
1. Myth: Gaps in Employment are bad
False. While this may have been true 25 years ago, since the “Great Recession” gaps in employment are more or less the norm, especially in younger candidates. Do not let these gaps deter you from applying for a position that is right for you.
2. Myth: GPA is Important
False. A GPA does not tell much of a story. Sometimes a 4.0 can be attained by cramming in a bunch of easy classes, while a 2.5 can be a result of a few challenging, non-major related courses. Listing your GPA on your resume is meaningless without a transcript.
3. Myth: My Resume Should Only Be One Page
False. Most people have too much information for one page, and it looks ridiculous if you try to squeeze it all in by using .001” margins and 5.5 font size. Conversely, your resume shouldn’t be five pages either. Only list work experience that is relevant to the job you are applying to, unless the previous company you worked/interned for is eye-catching. If you happen to be light on work experience never stretch your content just for the sake of filling a second page.
4. Myth: One Resume Fits All
False. You need a customized resume for each job you apply to. It is likely that each resume will overlap in skills and job duties; however, no two jobs are exactly the same. Aim to have your qualifications and experiences spotlight these subtle differences.
5. Myth: Keep Your Achievements Separate
False. By separating your achievements from your work experience, you run the risk of a recruiter missing them altogether. Achievements should be organically woven into your work experience to strengthen and showcase your skills.
These are just a few of the many resume myths that are out there. If you have any questions regarding other myths, resume related or not, let me know in the comments or on Twitter @Tom_Castronova.