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Submitted by Asergay on


LinkedIn offered a free resume review. I sent mine in MT format. Here is the abridged review, how does it jibe with MT advice?

I think your design is visually uneven. I'd like to see your document more polished, something more fitting of your experience level.

Using bullets to highlight important information is helpful, but in your specific case, you should consider using a few less. It can be hard to narrow in on the most pertinent information when there are too many bullets. Size and type of bullets are also a consideration.

We recommend limiting your work history to the past 10 to 15 years as most employers are concerned with your most current, relevant work experience.

Your career summary is not as long as it could be. This is a key component to compel the hiring manager to keep reading. (There was no summary.)

Consider removing dates from your education section. For someone as advanced in their career as you, your experience is what employers find most useful when forming an opinion of you as a candidate, and should be the focal point of your resume. Removing education dates can help you steer clear of unconscious bias and ageism without detracting from your accomplishments.

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... so you can expect "mainstream results" (less purposeful than MT) if you follow it.  MT guidelines offer specific actions which their data show improves the likelihood of getting an interview (the main purpose of the resume).

Going down the list:

1/ unactionable except when given by a mentor or hiring manager or credible resume-reviewer in your network, whom you're sitting with, who can say "reorder this accomplishment to the top of its list because it's actually much more impressive and relevant than you think, don't bold that, shrink that bullet-character so it looks more like their internal style standard"

2/ reminder to check for consistency of presentation to purpose -- maybe their rule of thumb is "same length of bullet lists everywhere" while you had longer lists for more-recent and more-relevant positions?

3/ good principle:  focus on more-recent and more-relevant -- it does help those following "conventional advice" in cutting off a page or two (or three!) from long resumes, so they get thrown out unread less often

4/ poor advice -- career summary goes on cover-letter if written anywhere at all, leaving you room to add another accomplishment relevant to the posting instead

5/ situational, I believe -- find an even-more-believable opinion, such as a hiring manager in your industry here on the MT forums, or try with and without to see whether it actually makes a difference in your uses of the resume