Delete Button

I'm on a roll today; this is my second posting. As I lay in bed, unable to sleep, I was writing the previous entry on The Rosetta Stone of Career Management, and then this idea popped into my head.

On a recent NCIS (my favourite television program), one of the characters lamented that he could not get his brain to stop thinking and racing and pondering and mulling things over ... and said that he wished he had a delete button. I cannot tell you how many times I myself have uttered the same words! If I had one, I would have used it last night so that I could fall asleep rather than write journal entries for today's postings. :-)

And, I've often said the same thing of resumes: the writers need delete buttons! Because I offer free resume assessments, I see more than my fair share of poorly written, completely unstrategized resumes. The record is a 12-pager. Far too much info, far too much unrelated info. Here's the trick for a succinct resume: only related skills, experience, and education. The recruiter will thank you for it. That 12-pager? The recruiter clicked "Delete"!