Catchy Resumes Give Way to Resumes that are Targeted and To-the-Point


Years ago, we created “catchy” resumes, using sophisticated language, printing them on colored paper or even having them delivered by singing messengers to get the attention of the decision maker, writes Sherri Edwards in her article for Quint Careers, Dispelling the Myth About Resumes. Life, work, and the pursuit of employment have changed since then. When sent in response to a job announcement, the chance of a resume directly reaching the decision maker without going through a screening process is slim to none. “Catchy” has been replaced with “targeted” and “to the point.” People spend many hours trying to break the recruiter’s or or human resource specialist’s code to determine what will catch their eye. It seems the real value a resume offers to a candidate may get overlooked in the process of becoming “catchy” or “cute” or packed with “keywords.”