3 Popular Resume Myths Busted
Resumes can be frustrating, confusing–and in some cases, even a bit mythical. Resumes are an integral part of our everyday lives, as they are the gateway to being hired into a position and even launching a successful career. Yet despite their importance, there are many misconceptions and myths about resumes that persist even to this day. These myths can actually harm you in the long run, since they may result in a resume that is outdated, bloated, or just plain unappealing. Let’s take a closer look at the 3 of the most popular myths about resumes–and bust them for good.
Myth: It doesn’t matter how your resume looks–it’s the content that matters
Reality: Your resume design is an extremely important part of securing call-back interviews
“It’s the inside that counts” does not apply to resumes for two reasons: one, most employers will be reviewing anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands of resumes within a reasonably short period of time, and glancing at a resume to see how professionally done it looks is an easy way to weed out applicants; and two, a well-designed, professional resume is an indication of your personal willingness to put forth the appearance of professionalism and effort, two traits that employers highly value.
The easiest way to ensure your resume looks great is to use a resume builder. Many resume template designs are available through online resume builder sites, which offer graphic design resume options that are visually appealing and professionally done.
Myth: Your GPA from college matters to employers
Reality: Employers do not care about your GPA
It can be very tempting to list your college or university GPA on your resume as a way to showcase your success in school to your potential employer. However, the reality is that almost every employer out there does not care what GPA you achieved while in college. Why? The reasoning is harsh but unfortunately true: employers know that you could have gotten a great GPA by taking easy courses; or, in the best case scenario, you achieved a GPA in courses that are irrelevance to the job position. And it’s because of this reasoning that it’s best to leave your GPA off your resume.
Myth: You need to include your entire work history
Reality: You should only include relevant work history
This myth is an incredibly pervasive one. When you are listing your work history/experience on your resume, you don’t need to list your entire work history–or even all of your recent work history. You should only be listing work history/experience that is relevant to the position and company you are applying for; for example, if you are applying to the position of children’s book editor at a publishing house, then your work experience in 2004 at a shoe store is not relevant. However, work experience at a daycare could be relevant if you are able to explain how that experience gave you knowledge or skills that you can apply to the children’s book editor position.