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Should your resume be longer than one page or should you try to condense it to keep it on a page? There isn’t a yes or no answer, the length of your resume depends on the type of candidate you are and your level of experience.

According to a Saddleback College Resume Survey most employers want a one page resume unless the position requires experience. In fact, the percentage of employers looking for one page resumes increased to 48% last year, up from 35% in 2010.

Here are the details on what companies prefer:

  • One Page Resume – 47.7%
  • Two Page Resume – 11.4%
  • Depends on the level of the position – 34.1%
  • No preference – 6.8%

Even if you do have experience, it’s important to streamline your resume and to focus it on the most relevant experience and education you have as related to the jobs for which you are applying. If you are an experienced candidate, you don’t need to include more than 10 – 15 years of experience on your resume.

You also don’t need to include high school education or continuing education classes unless they enhance your candidacy.

It’s not necessary to say “references available upon request” on your resume. It’s understood that you will provide references, if required, as part of the job application process.

The other thing you can do is tighten up your position descriptions. Use a bulleted list and keep your job descriptions concise. Focus on your accomplishments, not your daily responsibilities.

Job Outlook: The Candidate Skills/Qualities Employers Want

Spotlight for Career Services Professionals, October 26, 2011

When it comes to the importance of candidate skills/qualities, employers are looking for team players and candidates who have strong verbal communication skills, according to respondents to NACE’s Job Outlook 2012 survey.  

Survey participants rated “ability to work in a team structure” and “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization” as the two most important candidate skills/qualities. These are followed by candidates’ “ability to make decisions and solve problems,” “ability to obtain and process information,” and “ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work.”  

The least important candidate skills/qualities on the list are the “ability to create and/or edit written reports” and the “ability to sell or influence others.” 

Following is the list of the employer ratings: 

Employers rate the importance of candidate skills/qualities 



Weighted average rating* 

Ability to work in a team structure


Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization



Ability to make decisions and solve problems


Ability to obtain and process information


Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work


Ability to analyze quantitative data


Technical knowledge related to the job


Proficiency with computer software programs


Ability to create and/or edit written reports


Ability to sell or influence others


*5-point scale, where 1=Not important; 2=Not very important; 3=Somewhat important; 4=Very important; and 5=Extremely important 

Source: Job Outlook 2012, National Association of Colleges and Employers 

The Job Outlook 2012 survey was conducted August 3 through September 23, 2011, among NACE employer members; 244, or 26.8 percent, took part. The report is available to NACE members at  


From APA: How to find a job with an undergraduate degree in psychology

Congratulations on your psychology degree! Now, what are you doing with it?

the bad news: If you’re hoping to get a psychology-related job, the
odds aren’t in your favor. A 2003 survey by the National Science
Foundation found that of the 122,800 people who graduated with BS
degrees in psychology, less than 5 percent got jobs in the field.

the good news: Employers of all stripes want and need your
communication and interpersonal skills; your ability to collect,
organize, analyze and interpret data; and, perhaps most important, your
strong understanding of human behavior. As a result, many psychology
majors find jobs managing human resource departments or working as
recruiters, according the PayScale Salary Survey.

So, how do you find a job that fits your interests and talents? You probably know about the importance of exploring careers through informational interviews and effectively using Web resumes. But here’s some lesser-known advice from the experts:

  • Plan early.
    As early as your freshman year, in fact, says Drew C. Appleby, PhD,
    author of “The Savvy Psychology Major” (Kendall/Hunt Publishing, 2007).
    Meet with your academic adviser to discuss your career interests and
    options. Continue to hone your career choice by the end of your
    sophomore year so that you have identified the unique constellation of
    knowledge, skills and characteristics you need to enter the career of
    your choice—and also have time to take the classes and engage in the
    activities you’ll need by the time you graduate. Remember the old
    saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”

  • Assess yourself.
    Figure out who you are and what you want from a job, advise Julie
    DeGalan and Stephen Lambert, authors of “Great Jobs for Psychology
    Majors” (McGraw-Hill, 2006). To do that, sidle up to your computer and
    answer these questions: What are the 10 traits that describe you best?
    What working conditions must you have? How much money do you need to
    make? What are your long-term goals? What skills do you have and which
    do you most enjoy using? Your answers will provide a foundation for your
    job search and enable you to pinpoint the opportunities best suited to

  • Capitalize on your connections.
    You’ve heard it before, and it’s still true: Networking is critical,
    says Boise State University’s R. Eric Landrum, PhD, author of “Finding Jobs with a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree
    (APA Books, 2009). Think about the people you’ve met who could give you
    job leads—perhaps you completed an internship, participated in a
    service learning event or volunteered at a school. Also, be sure to stay
    in touch with your professors since local agencies may contact them
    looking for “good” graduates to fill a job. And don’t forget, even after
    you graduate, you will need references or letters of recommendation, so
    staying connected with faculty is a smart choice.

  • Look beyond Internet job postings.
    With such sites as and, the Internet is a
    wonderful tool for finding jobs. But it’s limited, warns Landrum. For
    example, many corporations don’t list their jobs there. To find those
    and other opportunities, read the newspaper, visit companies that
    interest you and network. Don’t forget to monitor newspapers in regions
    you’d be willing to move to, adds Betsy L. Morgan, PhD, co-author of
    “Majoring in Psych? Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates” (Allyn
    & Bacon, 2009).

  • Take advantage of campus services, even after you graduate.
    Your campus career center and alumni office are both interested in your
    long-term success. Many even host training, job fairs and other events
    for graduates. Landrum’s university alumni office, for example, is
    hosting an all-day “Job Search Boot Camp” this month. has some helpful advice for spring!

The Richmond
region has been thrilled and energized by the inspiring performances of the
Richmond Spiders and the VCU Rams in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament. But
now that March Madness is over, it’s time to focus on your job search! This
month we’re bringing you a spring cleaning checklist for your job search as well
as a long list of staffing agencies hiring for a multitude of positions in
Greater Richmond.

Clean Up Your Act!

We all know that April is a great time
to start spring cleaning. Your job search should be no different. To help you
tidy things up, we’ve created a list of job search related items that may need
some extra attention.

  • LinkedIn profile: Make
    sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and that there is current activity.
    Join groups, post updates, and join conversations related to the field of work
    you are looking for.
  • Image: Studies show
    that more than 70 percent of employers use Google and other online tools to
    gather information about you. Google your name to find out what your prospective
    employers will see.
  • Voicemail: If you
    would be embarrassed to have a recruiter hear your current voicemail message, it
    may be time to think about changing it. Remember to check both your cell phone
    and ground line.
  • Email: Is your email
    address professional? Your friends might think hotchick25, redskinsfan555 or
    baked420 are funny, but hiring managers won’t. If you can’t live without your
    existing account, that’s fine; set up a new, more professional email address
    dedicated to professional communications.
  • Wardrobe: What you
    wear says a lot about you. Do you have a professional outfit ready to go in case
    you are called in for an interview? Take a look at these 
    top 20 no-no’s from
    Career Builder
    make sure your garb is appropriate.
  • Resume: Your resume is
    what most often introduces you to employers. If yours is not landing you
    interviews, it might be time for a revamp. Need help? Check out 
    “Improving your
    RichmondJobNet’s job search tips.
  • Cover letters: Make
    sure that you are writing customized cover letters for each job you apply to.
    Your cover letter should clearly and concisely highlight your strengths as
    related to the position you are applying for – without any typos or spelling
    errors! There are some great resources under RichmondJobNet’s 
    “Writing a better cover
  • Interview skills: If
    you’re going on interview after interview but not getting hired, your interview
    style may be to blame. If you’re a student or alumni, contact your 
    university’s career
     to set up a
    mock interview. Otherwise, check out RichmondJobNet’s 
    “Acing your
    under job search tips.
  • Your network: If
    you’ve been hibernating this winter, now’s the time to get out and meet new
    people. Not sure where to start? Why not take a look at
    list of networking

 Need a Job? Get some Help from a Staffing


It is becoming more and more
common for companies to hire contractors from a staffing agency before
committing to hiring them on as permanent employees. This means that if you
aren’t considering contractor positions, you are missing a significant piece of
the job search puzzle. Below are just a few of the many staffing agencies that
have open contractor and permanent positions in Greater Richmond. Also included
are companies that hire individuals as permanent employees to work as
contractors for a client company. Some of the companies below offer general
employment while others specialize in a particular field such as IT or

Don’t let the season pass you by. Get out there on conquer
your goals, job seekers. We know you can do

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