As a quick addition to the post that I prepared for Jason Alba’sResume Experiment, I thought that I would include an blind resume from a real candidate so that you could see how the principles that I outlined in my first post come together in the real world.
This particular resume was used to great effect in garnering interviews for my candidate. Upon review of the resume and after contemplating my review of the candidate’s features/benefits, almost every hiring authority I spoke with wanted to interview him.
You will notice that there is quite a bit of wasted white space at the top, and that it doesn’t follow the exact template from my article. That’s OK, it is the content of the resume that is important. Just so long is the resume isn’t so drab, dull, boring, or ugly that it goes right in the trash can, you’ll be fine with almost any format if you have content that illustrates that you have skills and experience that the prospective employer needs.
One word of caution, lest everyone reading misunderstand the lesson – great candidates make great resumes, great resumes don’t make the candidate great. Think about that.