Is Your Resume Helping You Or Hurting You?

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Is Your Resume Helping You Or Hurting You? - Quiz

Hiring managers and recruiters can get hundreds of resumes for a job posting. They do not have the time to read through each resume and glance at a resume quickly to assess who they want to call for a interview. You only have a few seconds to catch the attention of the hiring manager, so your resume better be written in a clear format with attention grabbing accomplishments. Take this test to see if your resume is helping or hurting your job prospects.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Where on the resume do you put your education?

    • A.

      The top of the resume, before your job experience.

    • B.

      The bottom of the resume, after your job experience.

    • C.

      Anywhere on the resume will do.

    Correct Answer
    B. The bottom of the resume, after your job experience.
    Explanation
    Your education should always be at the bottom of your resume. The top of your resume and the resume body contain your job history, accomplishments and skills.

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  • 2. 

    How many pages should your resume be?

    • A.

      One to two pages, depending on your experience.

    • B.

      Always one page.

    • C.

      As many as it takes to explain your experience.

    Correct Answer
    A. One to two pages, depending on your experience.
    Explanation
    Hiring managers and recruiters do not have time to read lengthy resumes. Make your resume short and to the point, but going over a page is fine as long as its because of your extensive experience.

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  • 3. 

    Can I leave a job off my resume if I was only there a short time?>

    • A.

      Sure, eliminating jobs doesn't raise red flags.

    • B.

      Only if you were there less than 1 year.

    • C.

      Never leave jobs off your resume.

    Correct Answer
    C. Never leave jobs off your resume.
    Explanation
    Hiring managers want to see dates of employment with no gaps in employment. If you have gaps when you weren't working you can explain them in your cover letter.

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  • 4. 

    What format should you use on a resume?

    • A.

      Bullet points.

    • B.

      Paragraphs detailing your job experience.

    • C.

      Essay style.

    Correct Answer
    A. Bullet points.
    Explanation
    Using a bullet format makes a resume easy to read, clear and concise.

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  • 5. 

    What extra thing should be included along with the basics for every job on your resume?

    • A.

      The geographic location of the position.

    • B.

      Your favorite lunch spot.

    • C.

      Accomplishments while on the job.

    Correct Answer
    C. Accomplishments while on the job.
    Explanation
    Although you must put where the job is located, and dates of employment, include awards and any other accomplishments to show you were successful at every position. Come up with a few accomplishments for every job you have had.

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  • 6. 

    What font do I use on my resume?

    • A.

      A clear, popular font like Calibri

    • B.

      I don't know, won't any font do?

    • C.

      A nice fancy script font.

    Correct Answer
    A. A clear, popular font like Calibri
    Explanation
    When choosing a font, just make sure it is a clear font and not a script font that is hard to read. A number of fonts will work like Calibri, Georgia and Times New Roman. Don't get fancy and choose a customized font, the may not be able to load it. Keep it simple and keep the font color black.

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  • 7. 

    Is it ok to put personal information on your resume?

    • A.

      It's ok sometimes, as long as its fun, interesting personal information.

    • B.

      Yes, hiring managers definitely want to know your favorite TV show.

    • C.

      Never, no one wants to know about your kids and your astrological sign.

    Correct Answer
    C. Never, no one wants to know about your kids and your astrological sign.
    Explanation
    Never put information on your resume employers can use to possibly discriminate against you and knock you out of the opportunity before you have a interview.

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