Full Disclosure and Transparency in Résumés (Take II)

By Doug Ehrenkranz

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About three years ago, I wrote about the importance of full disclosure and transparency in résumés. Since that time, there have been several high-profile stories about companies or their executives getting caught in a trap of not telling the whole truth in matters related to their business, whether it be financial matters, personnel matters, or otherwise. Given that, I would have thought that transparency in résumés would be improving. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

To be clear, it’s still the exception not the rule, but I am surprised and alarmed by the number of résumés I still see in which key information was excluded from the résumé, such as early career history, companies worked for, time spent with each company (even if only for a short time), positions held, responsibilities, and accomplishments. I personally review well over 100 résumés a week on behalf of our clients, and I make it my business to connect all the dots and get the complete information whether it is on the résumé or not.

Résumés should be an accurate and specific summary of all of your professional work history. Period. It should show each company and job since graduation with specific details about scope and accomplishments in each position―and graduation should be included with the college, graduation date, degree received, and specifics about the degree and major. If college was attended and no degree was conferred for whatever reason, it should accurately reflect this.

One additional point: do not feel you need to limit your résumé to two pages. As I’ve previously written, a résumé should be as long as it needs to be for you to communicate your career and work experience in a meaningful way. If this takes you onto page three or four, I would not worry about it. Details and specifics are important.

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