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Tandem Powered's blog is dedicated to empowering readers by highlighting best practices in the arena of resume writing, career development, and organizational effectiveness, as well as by providing readers with an insider's view of the corporate hiring process.

TANDEM’S TIPS: OPINIONS AND RESUMES

Kent Nolen

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be responding to frequently asked questions that have not been addressed here on the blog recently. Q: I get so many differing comments regarding my resume.  How do I know that I have used the best approach?

A: The bad news is that there isn’t a “best” approach for a resume, simply because different formats/approaches appeal to different people. The GOOD news is that following certain standards and conventions will work in your favor a majority of the time (these standards vary a bit depending on the industry, etc.).

People – in general – have a variety of personal opinions regarding resumes. Constructive criticism is always great.  Remain open-minded when someone points out things such as potential errors or lines that don’t sound quite right.  That kind of feedback keeps you in a frame of mind where you are always looking to fine-tune your resume.  Be careful, though, of feedback that offers no value or is merely an opinion.

Remember, the goal is to have a resume that gets you closer to securing interviews – not one that makes your friends happy!  And, again, there is no “best” way to approach a resume – only certain things that work very effectively much of the time. So, for example, a couple of fonts have been shown to screen the best with both computers and people.  Would I select them outside of a resume?  Maybe, maybe not.  The same holds true when it comes to format; adherence to certain formatting conventions, like them or not, will produce a resume that works more effectively for you.