I have always written resumes with the objective of minimizing words as much as possible. I ruthlessly cut words to make things as clear as possible, oftentimes converting pseudo-sentences (or complete sentences) to bullet points, etc.
For example, instead of saying
Worked on software development projects in C++
I might write (and strongly recommend others to do as well)
Developed C++ Software
I am not interested in this specific example but the general principle. I have no interest in wordsmithing these phrases, I want to know, all things being equal, if removing text is important.
Similarly, I convert most phrases and text to be as minimal and clear as possible. I never do this at the expense of content. However, I often feel like one of the only people who shares such a strong opinion/preference.
This process takes considerable time and energy and if it is not overly important, I will stop doing this.
- How important is it when writing a resume to focus on using as few words as possible?