Can science replace good authorship in the field of resume writing?
What makes great resumes and Curriculum Vitae sheets is something that's hotly debated among many in the professional industry.
Some people claim that it's the format or the cover letter that gets attached to them while others have expressed the view that it's primarily the type of experience that an individual is able to brag about.
According to one study, however, it's possible to scientifically test all of these claims and create an excellent resume that incorporates everything potential recruiters are looking for. The exact degree of self-promotion necessary to achieve notice without looking like a buffoon would be calculated according to a specific formula using this method.
While this might be an attractive claim, it's likely that scientific calculations aren't going to replace good old fashioned writing anytime soon. Part of this has to do with the growth of certain styles of resume that reflect certain human qualities more than anything else.
The rise of the Roman Executive
For the longest time, Roman Executive resumes were something you only had to write if you were applying for a job while living temporarily in Canada. More businesses in England, Scotland and Wales now require this format, however, which is designed with a sort of elegant simplicity in mind. Unless you're applying for a job somewhere that uses a totally automated format, you'll probably write something at least similar to the Roman Executive layout.
Most jobs using an automated application system are in retail, so you're only likely to see this if you're trying to work at a place that wants to be Sainsbury's or Morrisons. Professionals are likely to still have to submit a real resume or CV, especially if they plan on working in the education market. If you're aiming for a formal academic position, then you'll certainly want to improve your CV before you start sending out job applications.
Most organizations you're likely to apply to will probably use some kind of software application designed to eliminate employment bias. However, all of those potential candidates that pass this initial test will still get checked out manually. That's actually one of the reasons that the Roman Executive layout and other related formats became so popular.
They allow recruiting managers to easily read over material written by potential hires and figure out which ones would be best suited for the jobs in question.
Showing recruiters that you're ready for the job
Unlike what some research may suggest, it doesn't really seem possible to game the system in anyone's favor. This is because recruiters have figured out that people have dedicated themselves to doing just that. A majority of organisations have already figured out the tricks that most potential hires have up their sleeves, so scientific attempts at making a resume perfect probably won't help very much.
That being said, it does help to include legitimate statistics if you have any at all. Lying, of course, isn't acceptable regardless of what kind of job you might be applying for. However, expressing certain details in terms of numbers may be acceptable even if it might be rather difficult to back these up.
Showing your previous education and work history is vital, but you might want to trim out irrelevant bits if you've worked a number of jobs that aren't specifically related to what you're applying for. This is especially true of those who might have had a career change at some point in their lives and needed to refocus their priorities after a while.
Most importantly, though, you're going to want to get rid of trite cliches that might be holding your resume back.
Clearing out old fashioned resume speak
Set phrases such as references available upon request can make your resume or CV sheet seem stodgy so you'll do well to avoid them. Don't describe yourself as an objective or goal-driven person either, since these are cliches that could theoretically describe anybody at all.
A better idea would be to simply avoid using too many adverbs and accurate talk about your experiences. The average resume is actually less than 500 words, so there's a high probability that you won't even have much space to waffle on about. Your entire CV should only be about a single A4-sized sheet in spite of how storied your career is. Start out with a marketing statement about yourself and then go from there.
Senior applicants might be able to fill two pages, but anything more than this is a little unreasonable. Focus instead on listing your skill sets, which is something that many employers seek out in new hires.
While a resume is often focused on the past, it's best to think about and emphasize the future so you can get the job you're looking for. No amount of science or trickery can ever replace this basic human element.
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