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The Tom Cruise metaphor is a story Perfect Resume CEO Kent Lee shares with clients almost every day to create job-winning resumes. It's a metaphor that helps illustrate to clients that when it comes to choosing content for your resume, less can actually be more.

Here's the Tom Cruise Metaphor:

Let’s say you walk into a bar, and you meet Tom Cruise. He says, “Hi, I’m Tom Cruise, the actor.” You say, “Really? What movies have you been in?”

Tom says, “I’ve been in ‘A Few Good Men,’ ‘Risky Business’ and ‘Jerry McGuire.’”

And if he stops talking right there, you’d probably be blown away, because all 3 of these movies are iconic, Academy Award-nominated...

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Three Interview Tips for Success from Kent Lee, CEO of Perfect Resume

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As a resume-writing service, we speak to dozens and dozens of clients each and every week. Without question, the comments we hear the most from people are that they’re worried their resume is “boring,” and that they want a resume that “stands out from the crowd” and “gets a hiring manager’s attention.” The problem here is that when most people say this, they’re referring to how their resume looks. And, they're using a mindset that is completely irrelevant in today's day and age.

It’s a Digital World…and That Changes Everything.

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Hear us out, we’re not living in the ‘90s!

In the past, people thought they needed a resume to "stand out from the crowd” because they were sending in paper resumes that sat on a desk. The thinking was that if your resume didn't stand out visually, it wouldn't get read.

But in today's world, resumes are received electronically, and in most cases they are viewed one at a time. Or, resumes are scanned by applicant-tracking systems and a resume's format or appearance is barely a factor at all. But, if you want to be found, and make sure your resume is read, here's what to do:

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