It’s not hard to see the different impressions created by a short versus a long resumé.
Finding the balance between confidence and desperation is always a delicate dance when you’re presenting yourself to a prospective employer. It’s easy for Musk, who’s only had five jobs, each of which made him another million, or billion, dollars. Most of us have more false starts.
All over the Internet you’ll find advice on making your most effective resumé, so have a look around. For example, we found one suggestion to use neurolinguistics to create a go-getter image by making sure all of your job descriptions are in active voice (“I made yo-yos.) as opposed to passive (“Yo-yo maker,” or “I was responsible for making yo-yos.”)
There’s agreement on a few basics, though.
The best resumé for you depends, of course, on the industry in which you work, your skills, and your experience, so there’s no single right way to make one. One thing we’re certain all of the experts agree on is that you should construct your resumé before you need it so that you have plenty of time to figure out how to create the absolutely very best impression of you.