Women’s Resumes Suck

The resume gap: Are different gender styles contributing to tech’s dismal diversity?

The tech industry, which is not coincidentally heavily male-dominated, is far more equipped to appreciate precise execution. This is not because it is the only valuable skill set, but because it is easier to quantify and more well-understood.

implications for hiring managers

men describe their role by providing a bulleted list of specific responsibilities:

men are more likely to delineate their concrete achievements as unrelated facts, while the women generally create a narrative that is cohesive but light on detail.

Women’s resumes are longer, but shorter on details. Women’s resumes are long; just 19% of women submitted resumes that fit onto one page, in contrast to 61% of the men. The women’s resumes average 80% more words than the men’s.  Yet when it comes to providing detail about previous jobs, the men present far more specific content than the women do.  Everyone’s resumes include their former job titles, but women are significantly more likely to summarize their prior work at a high level rather than describing their roles in detail. 91% of the men include bulleted verb statements that describe their achievements on the job, but only 36% of women do.

 

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