Do you still need a resume to land a new job?

The answer is YES! But times have changed, and with it, the way your resume should be written.

The purpose of a resume is twofold: 

  1.  to help you win an interview 
  2. to provide a guide for the interviewer.

The rule of thumb for many years was to compose a resume no longer than two pages in length and to include a cover letter. Your experience was to be written in chronological order beginning with your most recent position, and you should have listed your career objective toward the top of page one.

In the digital age, your resume will most likely be accessed through an applicant tracking system (ATS). In the ATS world, evolution is focused on skills rather than experience. Find out if your resume is ATS compliant.

Your resume should still be written in chronological order, as is traditional, but you can skip the cover letter and career objective. The career objective should be replaced with career highlights, where you can present skills such as Project Management, Prospecting, Microsoft, etc.

From a hiring manager’s perspective, we have found the following format is the most effective way to convey your work experience: 


     Company Name, Dates of Employment

     Brief Company Description



Finally, the number of pages is not critical, but most employers won’t be concerned with experience beyond 15 to 20 years.