Interview-winning resumes

Ellen Steverson is a Resume and Interview professional who has helped people worldwide get the job of their dreams. Periodically we will host one of her posts for those of you either searching for work, or hiring candidates.  She can be reached at

  1. An interview-winning résumé spells out the specific value that you have to offer the prospective employer without including additional, irrelevant experience. To create such a document, it is important to understand the specific needs of that particular role — and, in many cases, tailoring the résumé for the needs of a specific company. With this in mind, it is important for you to identify a specific job title that you are pursuing, and even more helpful to collect 3-5 job postings for this type of position, even if these job postings are no longer active and even if you do not wish to apply to this specific company. Being able to incorporate relevant keywords while describing current and past work experience is one way to demonstrate value to a prospective employer. An analysis of relevant job postings helps make this possible. Contact StartingBlock for more information about resume services and how to target your new resume to job postings that interest you.
  2. How long should my résumé be? Due to ATS software, résumé length is not as important as it used to be, as many résumés are first assessed by a computer, not a human being. Whether one page or two, the most important factor is having the right content to attract the interest of the hiring manager but also including the keywords to be found in a query of the company’s applicant tracking software. Your résumé must be written to appeal to both the computer software and the human reader.
  3. The days of the “generic” résumé are gone. Instead, your résumé must be specifically targeted. A résumé that is not tailored towards a specific type of position is a “career obituary” and tells the story of the past — not the potential you have to offer to a prospective employer and how your specific experience, education, and skills can benefit the company or organization. Send StartingBlock a private message to inquire about resume services and how to target your new resume to the jobs you want to apply to.
  4. Could your email address be negatively impacting your job search? It’s crucial that you demonstrate that you can succeed in a technologically advanced world. That means no AOL, Hotmail, or Yahoo email addresses. Use Gmail … or, better yet, your own name as your domain name with an email address that incorporates it ( If you are going to be applying for positions online, set up a separate email address that you use only for your job search. That way, if you sign up for job alert notifications, you won’t have to unsubscribe from them when you land your new position.