Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm. Read more...
I am continually amazed at the information I see which people feel would have some impact on the interview decision -- high school sports activities, hobbies, college club memberships, work experience from 35 years ago, and even physical appearance! The simple truth is these activities or traits hold an emotional place in the mind of the job seeker when in reality the information has no place on an executive resume.
When architecting a resume, it is critical to write the document for the reader. Readers come in various forms and differ throughout the stages of the job search. The first reader is often an admin assistant doing resume searches. The second reader may be a recruiter, an interviewer or management-level human resource professional. These individuals are the ones making the decision to contact you for an interview. The actual hiring decision will be made by someone else or a group of other people; however, if your resume bombs at this first level of reviewers, you will never meet the people who would hire you.
Here are some things to consider when writing for the reader: