Summary: After trying the Manager-Tools resume guidelines, my concerns went out the window.
Old Resume: [url]http://mike.m.lin.googlepages.com/resume_mlin2006.pdf[/url]
MT+ Resume: [url]http://mike.m.lin.googlepages.com/resume_mlinmanager-tools.doc[/url]
While updating my resume to include my latest accomplishments, I decided to cut a one-page, Manager-Tools resume. I had to cut out a lot of the old content to add new content and trim it down to a single page. I found that most of what I took out was junk content anyways.
I'm not a manager, but I do a good number of resume reviews and interviews. I get many 6-7 page resumes and have found that, for the most part, if it isn't in the first page, then it just isn't important. Either the resume is all fluff, which makes it worthless, or the work beyond the first page is too far in the past to be relevant.
I feel that without the filler (junk), a reader will give more weight to each of my real accomplishments. So that's good. I'm not concerned with the lost content.
My initial concerns were that 1) The sample MT format was visually too busy and hard to scan, and 2) Me not being a manager, my resume was hard to quickly place without a summary/objective.
I followed most of the MT guidelines, then made minor layout adjustments to line up the positions and company names vertically. I included a summary at the top of the page, and added one bullet for being awarded University Honors (although I was torn on adding/removing that).
The result was better than I thought. I actually prefer my slightly modified MT resume to my older format. It seems to have a stronger impact, tells a better "story". And with some slight mods it's still visually clear and quick to scan.
I have to say that I just don't think I can do without the summary section. I can't think of a better way for the reader to understand my value in 2 seconds.