Ten years ago finding a new job was a straightforward process.
These days job-hunting is complex. Few schools teach students how to find a job when they graduate.
It is absurd that a kid could spend four years in high school and four in college and never be taught the steps in a job search — but that is the reality.
Here are 20 common job search questions people wonder about.
2. How long should my resume be?
A standard resume is one or two pages long. An academic or scientific CV could be several pages longer.
3. I could never squeeze my resume down to two pages. How can I shorten it?
Drop off the jobs you held earliest in your career, or devote only a line or two to past jobs that are less relevant to who you are today.
10. I’ve always been told to stuff as many keywords in my resume as possible. Is that bad advice?
It’s good advice if you’re planning to toss your resumes into employer career portals where a keyword-searching algorithm will represent your best chance of getting an interview.
If you’re planning on sending your resume directly to a human being to read (e.g. your hiring manager) then it doesn’t need to be stuffed with keywords — your story and credibility will shine through more strongly when you steer clear of jargon.
You’ll still need to list your technical qualifications on your resume.