Survey Shows What Employers Look for on Resumes

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There is no absolutely right or perfect resume. Different people, jobs, careers and hirers have different needs and preferences.

That said, here's a snapshot of current preferences from an August survey by the Kansas City, Mo., area chapter of the Human Resource Management Association.

The sample reflects 28 responses from hiring managers at service, manufacturing, utility, transportation, nonprofit, financial, health care, education, technology, agribusiness and retail organizations. They said:

Don't go nuts cramming your information on one page. Most respondents said either one or two pages were fine. A quarter of them preferred two pages over one, but don't press your luck beyond two.

Fifty-seven percent said they would read resumes that omit employment dates, but 40 percent said they would not consider the functional or skills-based resume without dates. Many will call for the dates before scheduling interviews.

Most want the resume to include home and office phone numbers and an e-mail address. Very few want fax or cell phone numbers. …

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