With all the hubbub about short and sweet writing in this attention-deficit disordered culture, shorter isn’t always better when it comes to resumes.
Here are 3 reasons why:
1. Context matters. While lean and mean rules when it comes to copywriting, muscle still matters. After all, “lean” and “muscle” goes hand-in-hand, and a more muscular story may distinguish you from the next candidate. If you want to prove to your next hiring manager that you know your stuff, then visualize a story with rippling muscles that grip the reader.
For example, instead of just saying:
Before: Completed 30,000-seat stadium painting, repairs and cleanup.
You might say:
After: Withstanding triple-digit temperatures and complicated scheduling, and often operating alone, performed labor-intensive maintenance to support peak operating conditions of sports facilities, including:
- 30,000-seat stadium painting, repairs and cleanup.
By providing the context of challenges withstood (triple-digit temps and complex scheduling, while working alone), this candidate proves she can handle the heat and work independently to achieve timely goals.
Follow this link to read 2 more reasons why longer resumes work: 3 Reasons Why Longer Resumes Work.