The problem of too many resumes

On an average, there are 1.73 resumes for every individual in job market. Median number of resumes per individual is one. Besides for every job position, an average of 250 resumes are scanned. Not only that, each resume on an average has just a tad fewer than 400 words.

This essentially means that there are way too many resumes out there to be scanned for every position and for every recruiter. Besides a huge number of resumes, there are many more words for recruiters to scan through.

Whereas a one pager resume document is acceptable for a fresher or individuals at junior positions, expert recruiters believe seasoned professionals need to have at-least two pages of resume.

This makes spending quality time on making your resume a must have for seasoned individuals.

Glance through the below infographic and you will realise the importance of putting thorough time in preparing your resume, if you are looking for a job.

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How to create a resume that stands out?

Writing a winning resume starts with reflection a.k.a. dividing deep into your own experiences and finding out various skills that you have picked up or displayed during your professional career. This involves asking meaningful & structured questions to have a more unique understanding of what makes you stand out.

Preparing keystone resume is the next step in reflection. This is basically a list of as many number of skills, activities and accomplishments that you have displayed, achieved, learnt or honed during a particular stint.

Mapping career is usually the second step post reflection. It involves seeing your entire career from different point of views and structuring your skills in that order. For example, if you have skills in multiple geographic locations i.e. in North America, Asia, LatinAmerica, or even multiple countries in similar region or multiple locations within a country, it all adds up. Similarly, if your work involved handling people or managing stakeholder relations with people from multiple functions or departments, it is worth mentioning. For a thorough and step by step instruction, see this article: How to write a winning resume?