Last time we started looking at the 6 principles of success that Arnold Schwarzenegger had applied in his life. He arrived in the US at the age of 21 with little money, a thick Austrian accent, only basic English, average grades and a background in bodybuilding. Certainly the combination of these are ingredients that could have made it very difficult for him, yet he went on to become the biggest movie star in the world in the 1990s, and then Governor of California from 2003 – 2011. Clearly he had a strong sense of what he wanted in life, and an unshakable belief in his ability to achieve all that he hoped for… His second rule of success is to “Break The Rules”. This doesn’t mean breaking the law, only the rules that our society has created to regulate itself.

Looking at this in the context of applying for a job, there are many who will say you should do this and you shouldn’t do that. But is what they say valid, or only an opinion based on hearsay and more opinions? I’m sure you’ve heard, and more than likely been told at some point, that your resume should never be more than 2 pages, because an employer WILL NOT read it. If that’s the case, why do our clients, who have submitted resumes we have prepared for them of up to 13 pages long, come back to us time and again to ask us to prepare their next application for their latest promotion or opportunity? Clearly they didn’t abide by the no more than 2 pages mantra for their resume, but notice also that it didn’t hinder the success of their application.

The feedback I receive back from my clients, and also from speaking with employers myself, is that recruiters appreciate resumes that give them enough information to be able to make an informed decision about an applicant’s suitability to work for them. This will look different for each and every person, because we are all different, and have different experiences. Your resume is YOU remember, and it needs to be as long as it needs to be, if you want to be in with a chance for that job you’re applying for.

So next time you’re applying for a job, I suggest breaking the “rule” that says your resume shouldn’t be any longer than 2 pages. You might just be surprised to find that it will get read, and you are offered an opportunity you would have otherwise missed out on…

More next time…

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