Top 4 Frequently Asked Questions About Résumé Writing

Five Minute Fridays Podcast Niya Allen-Vatel

Welcome to episode one of Five Minute Fridays!

You may be all over the internet for answers to your questions on resume writing, but unfortunately most of the information you’re reading is wrong. Check out my answers to the 4 most frequently asked questions I get on the topic of resume writing.

Q | I want to maximize my opportunities and apply for a variety of positions. Would a general résumé work for me?

A | No. It may seem like a great idea to have a general résumé that can be used for multiple interests and industries, one that will give you more opportunities to be hired, but it actually has the opposite effect. Your résumé should be targeted and results focused. It should show that you’re an expert in your industry.

You don’t want to be seen as a Jack/Jane of all trades to an employer, because they’ll see you as an expert in nothing. That’s right, nothing. The hiring manager should know as soon as they open your document what problems you solve, your value, and what you bring to the table. Again, general resumes just don’t work.

Q | I’ve been told that my résumé can’t be longer than one page? Is this accurate?

A | This is outdated information. The average resume for a mid-level or executive-level leader is 2 pages and represents 10 to 15 years of experience. Unless you’ve been at the same job for the last 15 years, it’s impossible, in my opinion, to have an impactful resume that’s 1 page and spans that long.

There are some recruiters and hiring managers who subscribe to the notion that your resume should be 1 page, regardless of professional level, but they are few and far between. Don’t be afraid to expand to 2 pages if that’s what you need to market yourself to your target employers or clients.


Do you think your paper résumé is enough and there’s no need to build an online presence? I discuss the platform everyone should start with, as well as the method to making your résumé impactful without impressive data to include.




Niya Allen-Vatel Certified Resume Writer

I’m Niya Allen-Vatel. A San Francisco girl navigating the concrete jungle that is New York City. 3x-certified résumé writer, career transition coach, author, and career brand strategist that’s passionate about all things career and business.




Five Minute Fridays Podcast Niya Allen-Vatel

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