Sometimes It's the Simple Resume that Stands Out

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Too often people spend hours--even days--writing their resume, determined to craft a masterpiece that will land them an interview for the job of their dreams. Unfortunately for many job seekers, while they scrutinize for hours and days over their resume, the interviews for their ideal jobs are quickly snatched by job seekers who spent no more than an hour creating theirs. In Same-Day Resume, Second Edition, career expert Michael Farr offers advice to help job seekers write their resume as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure they aren't missing the career opportunity of a lifetime.

With the average job search lasting four months long, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, many job seekers are looking for a quick solution to cut their job search time in half. Many people could easily accomplish this if they simply jump started their job search without hesitation or distractions.

Unfortunately, one of the first steps in a standard job search, writing a resume, is often one that job seekers avoid the most, prolonging their unemployment. Believing that it will take hours--even days--to craft a well-designed masterpiece, many job seekers allow themselves to be easily intimidated in the resume-writing process.

However, job seekers may feel relieved to know that writing a resume does not need to take hours or require the skills of a professional resume writer. In fact, writing an extravagant resume may be one of the biggest wastes of time in someone's job search.

"A snazzy resume may actually be a hindrance. Most employers accept resumes via e-mail, but many won't open resume attachments either out of laziness or fear of contracting a computer virus," writes Erin Burt in an article on

To ensure their resume reaches potential employers and that they save themselves a great deal of time and frustration, job seekers should initially write a simple resume, says Michael Farr, author of Same-Day Resume, Second Edition. Taking no longer than an hour to write, a simple resume should be stripped of graphics, bullets and dressy fonts that are not necessary in electronic resumes.

Although this format may seem bland and unimpressive, resumes that can be easily copied and pasted into the body of an e-mail are the ones that employers can't help but notice. Job seekers should save the fancier hard copy of their resume to take along on interviews.

"It's far more useful to have an acceptable resume as soon as possible--and use it in an active job search--than to delay your job search while working on a better resume," says Farr. "You will want to write a more sophisticated one later, but doing a simple one now will allow you to use it in your job search within 24 hours."

Same-Day Resume, Second Edition, is available at all major bookstores and from the publisher ( or 1.800.648.JIST). For a free media copy or to speak with the author, contact Natalie Ostrom.

JIST, America's Career Publisher, is the leading publisher of job search, career, occupational information, life skills and character education books, workbooks, assessments, videos and software.


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