By: John Holmgren

Everybody knows the acronym KISS.  So, why do so few follow it?

I have said previously in this blog a few things that are critical to resume success:

Information on your resume “above the fold” on page 1 is critical

The reader of your resume:

* will spend only 30 seconds to 2 minutes in evaluation

* wants to eliminate resumes, not include (work load)

* will not be, in all probability, the hiring manager

* may not understand you, if you have a specialized field

* will most likely, for any good position, have many resumes to review

Your FIRST task is to not get eliminated!

How not to get eliminated is a big topic.  Let’s address just one item: KISS

Here’s the parallel:  you are speeding on an interstate and see a billboard

That’s how much time you have to capture the reader’s attention!

[this thought is from Steve Krug’s book, “Don’t Make Me Think”, which I recommend]

Immediately let the reader know the job you want and your qualifications

For everybody, especially technical people, eliminate all jargon and acronyms

This may sound stupid, but if there is too much ink on the resume, it won’t get read!

The purpose of the resume is to get you an interview, not a job.

Save the detail for the interview, and don’t get bogged down in it then.

The reaction to your resume should be:

“We’ve got to see this person”!