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Submitted by tryingmybest on


I graduated college 4 years ago and have worked at only two jobs since then (same company, different positions). Needless to say, my manager-tools format resume is only about half a page total.

Does the manager-tools format work for someone of my experience? Should I be concerned that my resume is only a half page? Should I elaborate more on my education in light of my little experience?

Thanks as always. While I'm not in management and can't apply all the principles I learn, I tuck them away for when I need them.

WillDuke's picture
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Look for accomplishments. A recruiter is going to recognize that it's still early in your career. When you add in a few very measurable successes you'll stand out.

asteriskrntt1's picture

Will is right. Find some accomplishments. Mark and Mike advised me to also put concurrent experiences/accomplishments in my job section.

For example, Director of Marketing, ABC Company
* Mind altering accomplishment
* World class accomplishment

* Non work accomplishment - developed young-leadership development program for faith-based organization
* Recruited 20 volunteers to work one Sunday per month in a soup kitchen feeding 300 people
* Organized a bible study class (or whatever, these can be tricky) that spun off six new lay leaders in my community
* Captained a recreational softball team

Good luck!


tryingmybest's picture
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I've followed the examples of putting accomplishments under the job section. I have four items per job. I was going to stick with just three, but four allowed me to fill a bit more space without being overkill, I think.

What is the general consensus about including personal/non-work accomplishments? I read some other threads which seemed to discourage it. I don't want to make the resume too personal and/or make it look like I am just adding filler. That said, I can see where my experience as President of a local club may lend itself well to my resume.

juliahhavener's picture
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If it is relative to your experience for the position, you can (and probably should) include it. They know you aren't going to have 10 years of experience to include. They're looking for what you've accomplished, what you've done, what you're capable of doing.

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It's not the number of accomplishments. More than anything, the resume shows a focus on accomplishments. It shows you know what's important.

And as M&M point out, it can be a single line. "Neil Armstrong - first man to walk on the moon."


tryingmybest's picture
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Thanks for all the pointers.

Interestingly enough, I find preparing the Manager Tools format resume easier than my previous attempts at other formats. It removes all the "fancy" formatting and filler and really drives home the point that results and accomplisments matter. I can really see how a manager reviewing the resume would find it easy to pick out the accomplishments, versus trodding through all the "fluff" in many other resume formats to extract a few accomplishments.

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Hi J

I send you a personal message.


Mark's picture
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You can include non-work accomplishments, but more care is called for. Volunteer work, club leadership roles (where you did something of value), and community service can all be considered.

Only 4 years out of college, you can include college accomplishments, too, above your work experience.

Pinch the margins in, too.