Survey Shows Longer Resumes More Acceptable



    TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - The "keep your resume to one page" rule may be
on its way out, a new survey suggests. Only 13 per cent of executives polled
believe a single page is the ideal length for a staff-level resume while
73 per cent said they prefer two pages. Respondents were also more receptive
to three-page resumes for executive roles with nearly half (49 per cent)
citing this as the ideal length.
    Both polls include responses from 100 senior Canadian executives
-including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments. They
were conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps,
the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary
accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.

    
    Executives were asked, "What is the preferable length of a resume for
staff-level employees?" Their responses:

           One page .................................  13%
           Two pages ................................  73%
           Three pages or more ......................  14%
                                                      100%

    They were also asked, "What is the preferable length of a resume for
executives?" Their responses:

           One page .................................   1%
           Two pages ................................  50%
           Three pages or more ......................  49%
                                                      100%
    

    "Many employers are willing to spend a little more time reviewing
application materials so they can more easily determine who is most qualified
and act quickly to secure interviews with these candidates," said Max Messmer,
chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies(R)
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
    Although employers may be willing to review longer resumes, job seekers
shouldn't go overboard, Messmer noted. "Employers want to see that applicants
can prioritize information and concisely convey the depth of their
experience," he said.
    Accountemps offers the following do's and don'ts for determining what
information to include in a resume:

    
                     Do                                   Don't

    -  Describe key contributions you     -  Use exact dates of employment.
       made at prior roles and how they      Months and years are sufficient.
       impacted the bottom line.          -  Include irrelevant details
    -  Summarize software expertise and      about your personal life
       other specialized skills.             or list your hobbies.
    -  Devote extra space to describing   -  Misrepresent your education
       work experience that is most          or career experience.
       relevant to the job description.   -  Use professional jargon
    -  Use terms referenced in the job       and abbreviations.
       description if they apply. Firms   -  List references or include a
       often scan resumes for key words      lengthy objective.
       included in the job description.   -  Use complete sentences; short
    -  Reference your activities with        bulleted statements are better.
       professional civic associations,
       community involvement and
       knowledge of a second language
       - if they relate to the job
       opportunity.
    

    Accountemps has more than 350 offices throughout North America, Europe,
Australia and New Zealand, and offers online job search services at
www.accountemps.com.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason
Chapman at 416-365-9140, extension 62070.





For further information:

For further information: To speak with a local expert, contact:
Accountemps, contact: jason chapman, (416) 365-9140 extension 62070,
jason.chapman@rhi.com


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