Stresses of the job search often include, and indeed begin with, questions about the resume. Is it too long? Should I include work experience from my college days, former salary, or LinkedIn profile?
With so much conflicting advice, it can be difficult to know where to begin, but a new survey of those making the hiring decisions may provide some much-needed insight.
Even if you're not a salesperson, when looking for a job, your only job is to sell yourself. You're convincing employers that they need you, that they can't keep doing business without you, and the best way to do this is to craft a compelling professional story.
The resume is the the first tool available to you to tell this professional story. Think of it as your brochure, the job of which is to sell you, the product to your target audience, the employer.