Does your resume suffer from TL;DR?

Too Long Didn't Read

TL;DR has become a part of the digital lexicon as feedback that a comment, post, or article was “Too Long” and thus the audience “Didn’t Read”. While this cheeky acronym can often come off a little harsh, the sentiment has value. In order to keep a reader’s attention, your story must be concise and compelling.

This holds true for resumes as well. The conventional wisdom is they should be no longer than two pages and bullets should be brief and achievement-oriented. Otherwise, recruiters will quickly move on to the next candidate.

But it’s impossible to create a resume that appeals to all recruiters. Even the most thoughtfully crafted resume can be subjectively criticized for:

GIEH – Gaps in employment history

NICP – Non-intuitive career path

ROSD – Roles of short duration

TLPS – Too little personality shown

TMIJ – Too much industry jargon

NEIJ – Not enough industry jargon

The format of a traditional resume won’t accommodate everyone’s careers equally, particularly for backgrounds that don’t match a specific profile sought by a recruiter.

So in addition to being brief, it’s important to anticipate how recruiters may interpret your resume and be prepared to address these perceptions in your cover letter and interviews. Tell stories that connect dots and close gaps. Show that you’re well-rounded, curious, and interesting.

A free video resume from The Nutshells can help. Our templates paint a vivid picture of your experience, abilities, interests, and personality. And they’re designed to hold recruiters’ attention far longer than the typical resume.

Moreover, Nutshells videos perfectly complement to your LinkedIn profile so you’re able to stand out from the crowd, even when your resume is a little TL;DR.

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