Resumé Writing

Infographic resumés are more commonly used by design professionals or as a supplement to a more traditionally formatted resumé. They can enhance your experience and show it in a way that is easily digestible to the viewer. The danger is that a poorly designed infographic can be difficult to read and harm your chances. Also, if the employer uses an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) it may not be able to read the content on your resumé.
If you do choose to use one, keep the design simple and easy to read. Definitely have a trusted source read the resumé to verify that it’s easy to read and follow without being too distracting. Be careful about using too many graphs or charts and too many colors.
There’s a perception that resumés should be no more than a page. As your experience grows and you add the essential sections, such as a summary of qualifications and skills section, your resumé could exceed a page. That’s not a problem but you should be able to fit everything onto no more than two pages.

Keep your experience to 10 years or less in most instances. Experience and skills longer than 10 years ago may not be relevant in today’s environment. Senior executives will have more lengthy resumés and bio’s that often exceed 2 pages.
If you’re a new college graduate or have worked contract positions, you could have many jobs to list on your resume. List the positions you held the longest in your employment history section, unless you held a job briefly that uniquely qualifies you for the position you’re applying for. Otherwise you can create a hybrid resumé and list the skills and jobs functionally below your employment history.


If you’re being considered for a management position this could be asked. If you have terminated someone(s) talk about how you went about it. Was there another person present and what were the circumstances that led to the termination.
If you have not talk about the process of communication to let the person know they were underperforming and the measures you would take to help them succeed. Give an outline of agreed upon goals, a communication (coaching) schedule, performance metrics and timelines for improvement. Having measurable goals, a plan to achieve them and an end date is essential.
With more people working remotely an interviewer may ask if you have your own computer or mobile device. If you can provide it ask about the security measures they have in place and are there restrictions to your use. They may have proprietary software or equipment you’re expected to install. You should also inquire about maintenance and repairs, if needed. Will the company cover these costs and how much access do they need to your device?

If you are unable to provide your own device, ask if they are willing to assist you in acquiring a device to use either outright or if they could purchase it for you with a plan for you to buy it from them. This can be accomplished through payments or vesting over a period of time.
There’s really no wrong answer. The interviewer wants to know what you value most. Whether you’re going to visit family/friends, visit a special place, shop or play a sport, it’s ok to let them know. But also talk about how that thing makes you feel and give another thing you might do.

This is also an excellent question to ask the interviewer so you can reference it in your thank you to them to refresh their memory of your meeting.


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