I’ve had a number of enquiries in recent weeks from people who have told me they want a simple resume. Politely I have asked why, and have been given a range of different answers. Some thought a simple resume would be cheaper, while another was only applying for part time work. It was obvious to me that each had little understanding of the importance of their resume, and the difference it can make to the success of a job application.
Any potential employer wants to know if you have the right mix of skills, attitudes and experience to do a specific job within their organisation. In a competitive job market, employers can receive dozens, if not hundreds of applications for one position. Remembering that your resume is YOU to a potential employer, do you think a “simple resume” will seriously make the cut if it has to compete with resumes that have been prepared by jobseekers who know what a difference a good resume can make?
Any employer is ultimately looking for the best person for the job, regardless of whether that position will be on a full time, part time, permanent or casual basis. You are you, and your resume is your resume, regardless of the type of job you are applying for. A part time position is determined by the number of hours the employee is needed, often but not always, a financial decision. Employing a part time employee has nothing to do with the type and level of skills required to do that job. By taking shortcuts with your resume for a part time role you are effectively dismissing yourself as a serious contender for the position.
You need to have a resume that provides the potential employer with all the INFORMATION they need, so they can make an informed decision about your suitability. They are looking for details of your existing skills, your past experience and your ability to adapt to working in different situations… the structure of the job really doesn’t come into their decision making process. Realistically, a simple resume won’t do the job.