I find the tip about sending a paper resume especially interesting. In today's electronic world (especially in our industry), everyone does business via email. I personally like email a lot more than other forms of communication because it doesn't interrupt my flow.
But it's gotten to the point now where it's really unusual to send real letters or make phone calls. So if you're trying to stand out, that might be a way to do it. I was recently reading the really good free ebook for musicians by Derek Sivers called How to Call Attention to Your Music. (It's totally applicable to non-musicians). One of the neat ideas he had was to actually send physical gifts to people you appreciate professionally. Not expensive things but thoughtful things. I keep meaning to try it.
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#2 jumps out at me. Virtually all of the "resumes" I've seen at my company from people originally from India were multi-page CVs. Yet this article from an Indian newpaper recommends against it. I'm confused - can someone clarify this one for me?
Yes in Indian IT industry, most of us write all the projects in career and resume becomes at least 4-5 pages long. It is common.
But I feel the article is not specific to IT industry. It is common to all industry.
I think your resume can be 2-5 pages, but what is in the first page matters the most. Usually the first two pages are read and the remaining pages are just scanned.
In my resume book, I had a section called -- “Would the fist page stand on its own?” - Test
What is this test? Before I answer this, let’s look at the following common question. What is the best length for your resume? Some consider that any resume more than one to two pages is someone who is not an effective communicator and one should be able to sell him or her in one to two pages. Others may argue that for experienced job seekers, a one-to-two page resume may be too crowded. There won't be enough room to include his or her valuable "Can Do's" or "sell". A one-to-two page resume may also look too "entry-level". Both are valid arguments and one needs to find a happy medium. Times have changed and recruiters generally appreciate a 2-5 pager. Even though expectations are divided as to how long a resume should be, many industry experts agree on one thing:
“You should be able to sell yourself in one page. And also, if the first page looks boring, they will typically skip the rest.”
Others take it even further and say that:
“The first 10-15 lines are the most important. They will motivate a recruiter to read on or to stop. Longer resumes need to be carefully designed to "sell" you up front – in the top half of Page 1”
So, when you write a resume, assume that your first page is going to take the most attention. In general, the first page is read and the remaining pages are scanned. Always verify it to see if your first page addresses the key requirements, sells you well, well balanced, and interesting enough to stand on its own.
I agree with most of the points.
But different recruiters have different views. I used to fit my resume in 3 pages. To do this I had to exclude few projects I worked long back and are not relevant. For example pl/sql project, when I am applying for java position. Lets say 1999 to 2001 I worked in pl/sql. But once one HR asked me which projects I did in 1999 to 2001. She expected me to write those projects even though they are not relevant to current job opening. On the other hand in few companies when I went for interview, the interviewer had printed only first two pages of my resume. Which means he was not interested in the projects I did some time back. So I write first two pages of my resume to highlight maximum with my skills. From page 3 to say page 5, I write projects just because I have to write it because some company HR may want it on resume even though they will not pay much attention from page 3 onwards. But I also have seen sample resumes in other countries where resume is 2-3 pages and looks very nice.