The Right Resume

In the January 8 edition of Hamodia Prime, the column Empowered Employment discusses resumes and how employers can see through certain titles.

As the article says, employers “know that the terms ‘child leadership executive’ or ‘petroleum transfer expert’ are euphemisms for playgroup morah and gas station attendant. Employers might view this as dishonest, and such portrayals would negatively affect a job applicant. Such tactics are not fooling anyone who is relevant to the hiring process.”

As a human resources coordinator, I can vouch for that fact. Hundreds of resumes pass through our office. When they are clear and to the point, stating the necessary information, there is a better chance of being hired. However, when the resume is lacking information or has an overload of information it will be put aside or discarded for lack of clarity.

Case in point: I know a company that hired an employee with an overloaded resume. The resume stated the candidate had decades of experience using Excel in an office setting. She was hired, yet when she was given a simple task on an Excel sheet, she spent 14 hours on it and at the end it needed to be redone.

Expectations based on the information offered on the resume may be the cause of a quick termination when not fulfilled. Therefore, the resume should always be clear and honest. It should contain:

  • Contact info
  • Educational background
  • Work experience beginning with most recent
  • References
  • Listing of computer programs the applicant is actually comfortable with
  • List of hobbies and community outreach service activities.

The resume should be attractive and easy to read.

Try to keep it to one page.

If applying as a writer or graphic artist, an attached portfolio or link to download samples of your work should be provided.

Esther Horowitz