Career consultant Rudy Dew once received a resume from a job-hunting executive making more than $100,000 a year. It was 17 pages long.
In the opinion of Dew, a vice president in the Los Angeles office of Hay Career Consultants, and other job experts, that's about 16 pages too many. All right, if someone's a real hotshot, he or she might get away with a two-page resume, but no more.
Here are other resume tips gathered from Dew; Robert O. Snelling Sr., president of Snelling Inc., a network of franchised employment services based in Sarasota, Fla., and Victor R. Lindquist, director of placement at Northwestern University.
Put material in order of importance, highlighting actual accomplishments rather than simply describing past duties.
Avoid including pictures or references to race, religion, age or other factors that might keep you from getting an interview. "The purpose of a resume is to get you an interview, not the job," Dew says. "Since it's a negative screening process, you don't want anything that might get you excluded." (However, Dew notes, if minority applicants believe that their chances might be enhanced because of their race, they should consider carrying the resume to the employer rather than mailing it.)