I am sure that the moment you read the title, you went, “What is this about? Is this even relevant?” Well, this is more relevant than you can imagine. Believe it or not, Tom Cruise (yes, the one from Hollywood) can teach us a lot about resume writing than you would have learnt from the so called “experts”.
The “Tom Cruise Metaphor”
Imagine this scenario. You walk into a bar and you find Tom Cruise himself chilling away at the bar counter. As you approach him, he introduces himself by saying, “Hi, I am Tom Cruise, the actor”. Now obviously you want to ask a lot of things, but the most common thing that you would enquire would be, “Really! What movies have you been in?” Now Tom answers, “I have been in Top Gun, Jerry McGuire, and A Few Good Men.”
This may seem to be a simple conversation to you but if you look closely, you would notice that an actor like Tom Cruise only stated 3 movies, whereas he has acted in several productions. What was the reason behind stating only 3 movies? The answer is very simple – these 3 movies are his best performances and the other movies (in which he acted) have not come close to achieving the box office success that these three movies have achieved. To conclude, Tom was presenting his best works to the fan.
The small instance presented above clearly states that whenever you are presenting yourself to anyone, always keep your achievements short and simple, and make sure that they are your best achievements. You may have a long list of achievements, but if you write every detail in the resume, then there is a good chance that the reader could get distracted from the main agenda. Just pick out 2 or 3 of your best achievements and present them.
How to Implement the “Tom Cruise Approach” in Resume Writing
The thing about creating a professional resume format is that you really need to stick to a straightforward pitch wherein you are able to conclude yourself in less words. This is exactly what professional resume writers do when they prepare your resume. So the next time you feel that the charges are too much, think again.
Coming back to the main point, the “Tom Cruise Approach” is very easy to incorporate. Just list down your achievements for a particular job and then put then in an order denoting their significance. Only use the top 2 or 3 achievements without delving too much into the details. This would not only make your resume impressive, but also in accordance to the current trends. Moreover, you would be doing the recruiters a favor by keeping things to the point without going into stereotypical descriptions and cliche lines.