1. How long should my resume be?

Do your best to keep the resume within two pages. One page is acceptable for entry positions. Three pages is too much.

  1. Is it okay to use a template for creating a resume?

It’s okay to get inspired by the structure of a template and see what details you should include. It’s never okay to copy the phrases you see there. The hiring manager has seen them many times.

  1. Mailing Address vs. Home Address: which one is correct to include?

Where do you receive your mail? Sometimes the mailing address and home address are the same. If they are not, then always enter the mailing address.

  1. Should I mention my failed startup business in my resume?

Yes, do it! It shows you had a great idea and you were willing to take the risk. It shows you’re not afraid of challenges.

  1. Has anyone lied on their resume?

Yes, and most of those people had it served. Scott Thompson, former CEO of Yahoo was publicly shamed for the exaggeration in his resume.

  1. Has LinkedIn closed Resume Builder?

Yes, that tool is no longer available. In May 2016, LinkedIn announced they decided to eliminate the feature, so they could “better invest those resources in building more great products.”

  1. What do recruiters look for in a resume at first glance?

First, they will take a look at the most recent job or internship you had. They will also want to see your overall experience since they need proof of career progression. Then, they will check if you have the specific skills for the role they are hiring for.

  1. What are some reasons why a recruiting agency would ask for a CV in .doc/.docx format as opposed to PDF format?

The company’s applicant tracking system may recognize only .doc/.docx files. Maybe the recruiter will want to alter your CV to add the company’s logo or format it in a standardized way. Bottom line is – if the company asks for the application documents in a .doc/.docx format, follow the instructions.

  1. What is the best way to e-mail a resume?

Do not send an empty message with attachments! You can copy and paste your cover letter into the body of the email message, or you can simply introduce yourself and say what position you’re applying for.

  1. Should I tell my current employer I’m sending my resume out and looking for a new job?

There’s no need to do that. Once you get a new job, you can negotiate to start later. Then, give notice to your current employer and be there until they find a replacement.

  1. Should I put a photo on a resume?

For most positions, it’s a bad idea. If you want to play it safe, then don’t include a photo. You can, however, include a link to your LinkedIn profile, which already includes a headshot.

  1. Should I change my resume according to the requirements of a job position?

Yes, absolutely! Every job position comes with different requirements. Some of the skills and experience you highlighted in the resume for the previous job you applied to may no longer be relevant.

  1. What are the best free online certifications available that I can add to my CV?

If you have any certifications from Massive Open Online Courses, feel free to add them all. If you’re looking for certifications that would look good on any resume, consider these:

  • OSHA or FEMA
  • A+
  • HTML and CSS
  1. How do I ask an employer for their email address so that I can send my resume?

First, try to find it online. Try to find the hiring manager on LinkedIn or look for information on the official website of the company. If you can’t find the email address, then call the company’s offices and speak to the receptionist or the hiring manager’s secretary. Just ask!